Ensuring due process in the IACUC and animal welfare setting: Considerations in developing noncompliance policies and procedures for institutional animal care and use committees and institutional officials

Barbara C. Hansen, Sylvia Gografe, Stacy Pritt, Kai lin Catherine Jen, Camille A. McWhirter, Susan M. Barman, Anthony Comuzzie, Molly Greene, Justin A. McNulty, Daniel Eugene Michele, Naz Moaddab, Randall J. Nelson, Karen Norris, Karen D. Uray, Ron Banks, Karin N. Westlund, Bill J. Yates, Jerald Silverman, Kenneth D. Hansen, Barbara Redman

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Abstract

Every institution that is involved in research with animals is expected to have in place policies and procedures for the management of allegations of noncompliance with the Animal Welfare Act and the U.S. Public Health Service Policy on the Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. We present here a model set of recommendations for institutional animal care and use committees and institutional officials to ensure appropriate consideration of allegations of noncompliance with federal Animal Welfare Act regulations that carry a significant risk or specific threat to animal welfare. This guidance has 3 overarching aims: 1) protecting the welfare of research animals; 2) according fair treatment and due process to an individual accused of noncompliance; and 3) ensuring compliance with federal regulations. Through this guidance, the present work seeks to advance the cause of scientific integrity, animal welfare, and the public trust while recognizing and supporting the critical importance of animal research for the betterment of the health of both humans and animals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4216-4225
Number of pages10
JournalFASEB Journal
Volume31
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2017

Keywords

  • AWA
  • Humane animal care
  • OLAW
  • PHS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics

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    Hansen, B. C., Gografe, S., Pritt, S., Jen, K. L. C., McWhirter, C. A., Barman, S. M., Comuzzie, A., Greene, M., McNulty, J. A., Michele, D. E., Moaddab, N., Nelson, R. J., Norris, K., Uray, K. D., Banks, R., Westlund, K. N., Yates, B. J., Silverman, J., Hansen, K. D., & Redman, B. (2017). Ensuring due process in the IACUC and animal welfare setting: Considerations in developing noncompliance policies and procedures for institutional animal care and use committees and institutional officials. FASEB Journal, 31(10), 4216-4225. https://doi.org/10.1096/fj.201601250R