Current Topics in Animal Research
The APS Office of Science Policy monitors a number of animal researchrelated issues. Keep an eye on the links below and to the left for updates on the topics of concern to you.

USDA to Offer Incentive for Self-Reporting Noncompliance

USDA is offering an incentive for facilities to proactively identify, report, and correct animal welfare issues. At the same time, USDA underscored that such self-reporting is voluntary.

Opposition to VA Research Restrictions Continues to Grow

On July 26, the House of Representatives approved a measure that would halt VA research with dogs even when the animals receive the same kind of anesthesia, analgesia, and post-operative care provided to pets and human patients undergoing surgery.

APS Critiques Animal Rights Report, Congressional Requests for Information

APS President Jane F. Reckelhoff challenged recent Congressional requests for an investigation of animal research at federal agencies in a letter to the head of the Government Accountability Office.

FACT Act Won’t Measure Progress on Alternatives

The Federal Accountability in Chemical Testing Act aims to encourage non-animal methods of testing and research; however, the purposed mechanism will not effectively result in improved animal welfare but will create an added burden to researchers.

Max Planck Society Issues White Paper on Animal Research

On January 12, 2017, the Max Planck Society (MPS) in Germany published a white paper on the use of animals in basic research. MPS is a non-profit research organization made up of 83 Max Planck Institutes and facilities.

FASEB Launches Model Organism Database

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) has created an online tool to help researchers find suppliers of organisms ranging from algae to mice, fruit flies, and maize.

USDA Inspections Find High Level of AWA Compliance

A summary of the Animal Welfare Act inspections overview presented by USDA APHIS Assistant Director for Animal Welfare Operations at the national meeting of American Association for Laboratory Animal Science.

Spotlight on Nonhuman Primate Research

September 7, 2016, NIH held a workshop on “Ensuring the Continued Responsible Oversight of Research with Non-Human Primates.”

OLAW Webinar: Implementing Guidance on Significant Changes: One Institution’s Experience

On September 8, 2016, the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) held a webinar to share one institution’s experience with incorporating OLAW’s guidance on implementing significant changes to animal activities (See NOT-OD-14-126). The webinar recording, slides, and supporting materials can be viewed on NIH’s website.

UPDATE: Antibody producer settles USDA case, relinquishes AWA credentials

On May 19, 2016, antibody producer Santa Cruz Biotechnology (SCBT), Inc. reached an agreement with the USDA to resolve allegations of numerous Animal Welfare Act (AWA) violations.

USDA Introduces “Teachable Moments” to the Animal Welfare Inspection Guide

On January 14, 2016, USDA Animal Care (AC) announced several updates to the Animal Welfare Inspection Guide. Of particular interest is a new option permitting USDA inspectors to address certain noncompliant items through “teachable moments” rather than citations.

WHO Says Ketamine Should Not Be Placed Under International Control

On December 8, 2015, an expert panel recommended that the World Health Organization (WHO) not place international drug controls on ketamine.

APS Urges US to Oppose International Restrictions on Ketamine

On October 14, 2015, the APS submitted comments providing the FDA with information about the importance of ketamine in clinical and research settings.

APS Advises APHIS on Alternatives Search Requirements

On March 30, 2015, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Inspection Service (APHIS) asked for public comments on a petition asking the agency to issue new regulations on the consideration of alternatives to procedures that may cause pain or distress to laboratory animals.

OLAW and USDA Clarify Policies on Sharing Animal Welfare Concerns

OLAW and USDA issued statements to explain what types of incidents OLAW shares with USDA and which ones may result in a USDA citation and when complaints from a third party may be investigated.

Air Transport of Research Animals

A collection of resources to support research animal transportation.