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NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare Position Statements Updated

Posted on June 12, 2012 at 1:48pm

Sent: Friday, June 01, 2012 10:48 AM
To: COGR Email List
Subject: COGR: NIH OLAW Updates Position Statements on Animal Care & Use


The National Institutes of Health’s  Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) has updated and clarified Position Statements: 1) Cost, 2) Housing, 2a) Nonhuman Primate Housing, 2c) Rodent Housing and 3) Non-Pharmaceutical-Grade Substances. In response to the December 2011 posting of the Position Statements, COGR expressed its concern that the endorsement of the housing requirements for rodents included in the 8th Edition of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals as “starting points” could be viewed as setting a minimum standard.  OLAW’s Position Statements have been clarified to note that the space recommendations are “accepted reference points” for addressing space needs.    The notice, Clarification of Position Statements on Implementation of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals: Eighth Edition (NOT-OD-12-112) appears in the June 1, 2012 issue of the NIH Guide.  A summary of the changes and the complete text of the Position Statements is available at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/olaw.htm 
Carol J. Blum
Director, Research Compliance and Administration
Council on Governmental Relations (COGR)
1200 New York Ave., NW Suite 750
Washington DC 20005
202.289.6655, ext 117
202.289.6698, Fax

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