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There are numerous regulations and guides which should be familiar to people managing animal research. Two of the most important are:
Federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) -- first passed in 1966 and amended three times since, applies to ALL institutions which conduct research using WARM-BLOODED animals (i.e., dogs, cats, nonhuman primates, guinea pigs, hamsters, rabbits, marine mammals, livestock used for biomedical research, and warm-blooded animals). EXCLUDES: rats, mice and birds (85-90 percents of the animals used in research), and farm animals as well as cold-blooded animals. AWA requires that all institutions using warm-blooded animals are subject to annual inspections by USDA officials AND must have an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).
Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals -- has been in existence for many years (last revised in 1986). It requires ALL institutions receiving PHS funding involving the use of vertebrate animals, to adhere to the provisions of this policy, regardless of the species of vertebrate animal used. (INCLUDES cold-blooded animals, and ALL warm-blooded animals, even rats, mice and birds).
Armstrong’s Animal Care and Use Committee must review protocols that involve the use of animals for research on campus. Protocols should be sent to the chair of the committee. The committee meets to decide whether a protocol is: approved, requires revisions, or is rejected. The committee utilizes the latest guide for animal care and use. Your compliance with this regulation will be documented by your signature on the Armstrong State University Approval to Submit Proposal for External Funding form.