In the past 25 years, halogenated anesthetic agents, primarily isoflurane and sevoflurane, have become indispensable tools in laboratory animal science. Since the beginning of their widespread clinical use, the health effects of halogenated agents have been the subject of numerous studies and by now, the importance of monitoring and limiting operator exposure has become common knowledge.
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A notice has been posted to inform awardee institutions of the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) policy regarding animal welfare concerns shared by OLAW and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Animal Care (AC).
Funding Opportunity for Minor Use/Minor Species (MUMS) Development of Drugs to Publish in Early 2015November 25, 2014 10:22 am | News | Comments
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will publish a New Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Minor Use Minor Species Development of Drugs; Research Project Grant (R01)” in early 2015. The new FOA will replace #RFA-FD-12-003, which is set to expire on January 17, 2015.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued today draft Guidance for Industry #227: Two-Phased Chemistry, Manufacturing, and Controls (CMC) Technical Sections, with recommendations for ways animal drug sponsors can submit chemistry, manufacturing, and controls (CMC) data to the agency to improve the efficiency of the New Animal Drug Application (NADA) review process.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has amended the new animal drug regulations to implement the veterinary feed directive (VFD) drugs section of the Animal Drug Availability Act of 1996 (ADAA).
One of the most critical challenges facing today’s research facilities is the acquisition of regulatory compliance—that stamp of approval that defines an institution as highly qualified, safe and desirable for the demands and challenges of complex and highly technical research.
This article summarizes the process by which two vivarium facilities for a world-leading institution in Cambridge, Massachusetts were verified by the commissioning agent to be functioning properly as part of an ongoing effort to maintain accreditation from the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC).
Notice of Change in Criteria for Renewal of Domestic Animal Welfare Assurances (Domestic Assurance) has been published in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts.
Animal care facilities must meet OSHA, EPA, DOT, and often accreditation agency specific standards. Non-compliance can have serious ramifications in terms of financial liability (penalties and fines), institutional reputation, and in some cases the ability to continue operations.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that, following a reassessment, it will continue using the same “small numbers of animals” in a major species to determine whether an intended use of a new animal drug in a major species of animal qualifies as a minor use.
The TurnKey Conference, held May 13–14 in National Harbor, MD, is proud to announce that senior members of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Division of Technical Resources (DTR) will be giving a presentation on the latest updates to the Design Requirements Manual.
OLAW has updated the statement clarifying events concerning the welfare of laboratory animals that were shared recently with the media by SAEN. The update provides background information on how NIH and USDA work cooperatively to exchange information found during investigations.
The events concerning the welfare of laboratory animals shared with the media by the organization Stop Animal Exploitation Now (SAEN) from January 2014 through March 6, 2014 are not current.
The George Washington University has graciously offered a tour for a select number of participants to view a new single-lab zebrafish facility, which will be up and running in May. The tour will include discussions on the issues and hang-ups in setting up a small facility for 1-2 investigators: repurposing an existing room, facilities issues specific to fish tank racks, water quality and temperature control.
A new standard, ANSI/ASSE Z9.14, was recently released. It provides a voluntary but systematic approach to evaluate safety design features, as well as operations and engineering processes and controls in high-containment laboratories and animal facilities.
A funny thing happens when you move into management. Like it or not, as a manager you have to deal with issues of legality. And as you go higher up the management ladder, the more pressing and ubiquitous those issues become. No, you don’t have to be a lawyer to deal with the legal issues that surround you. But you do have to be aware of specific laws and know how to make sure you aren’t violating them.
How do changes to Haz Comm affect you? This is the second and final installment on OSHA’s changes to the Hazard Communication standard (40CFR 1910.1200) or Haz Comm for short. Here we will discuss the details of the changes and how employers and manufacturers are affected.
Containment can be described as the safe handling and storage of infectious materials used in laboratory research with the goals of protecting the workers inside as well as the population outside. Containment is achieved by following strict regulations and guidelines that add multiple layers of protection to the workers, the design of the physical environment, and the equipment they work with.
At one of the United Kingdom’s most prominent medical research facilities, genetically modified mice have been safely and easily drinking from an automated watering system for several years. Housed in individually ventilated cages (IVCs) or flexible film isolators, the Medical Research Council’s (MRC) Ares Facility has automated the delivery of water to approximately 90% of their IVCs in this new building.
Ethical Review is a hot topic. It is debated fiercely at forums on the future of research and ardently by members of the general public. Research professionals working in the globe’s remote corners hasten to demonstrate good faith and proclaim a genuine wish to do right by laboratory animals. Biomedical science sweats under the bright lights of high-profile controversy and image management. Anything might go viral on YouTube.
Cages are used in approximately 92% of animal research facilities, according to an August 2013 survey conducted by ALN World™, while 69.3% of respondents use racks in their facility. Aquatic equipment is used in 35.5% of the facilities, while 38.6% use isolation units.
Working in the safety and health field I know that OSHA rules take a long time to develop and even longer to change. But, I did not really think about how long it took or why. It’s just that in my thirty-plus years of protecting workers and watching OSHA develop new rules or try strengthening /updating existing ones I have observed that the process took a long time.
A recent visit by state and federal inspectors brought to light the importance of knowing all your waste streams intimately. Working in a large academic research institution with all its diverse classroom laboratories, research laboratories, and support shops is quite the challenge. And sure enough, a few things slipped through the cracks, as the saying goes.
For more than 50 years, it has been accepted that environmental enrichment in research settings impacted brain structure, the behavior, and the health and welfare of test animals. But it wasn’t until 1996 that enrichment was even mentioned by name in the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.
AAALAC International Accreditation: A Catalyst and a Landmark Accomplishment for High Functioning Animal Care and Use Programs around the WorldJuly 2, 2013 7:20 pm | by Christian E. Newcomer, VMD, MS, DACLAM, Dr. Kathryn Bayne and John F. Bradfield, DVM, Ph.D., DACLAM | Articles | Comments
The Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC International) is a private non-profit organization that has now been in operation for nearly 50 years, offering a rigorous peer review accreditation program that is voluntary and confidential.
There is no question that well trained, competent personnel are key to a successful laboratory animal research establishment operation and exceptional animal welfare. Across the world, numerous organisations, both commercial and non-profit ones, have established excellent training programs for diverse levels of animal care and use a variety of training recording systems.
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