Animal Care & Experimentation Committee
This Committee is composed of eight or more members of the Society and one trainee member. The Chair of the Science Policy Committee and the Society's Director of Government Relations and Science Policy are ex officio members, without vote.

The Animal Care and Experimentation Committee has two meetings annually. A spring meeting is held in conjunction with Experimental Biology. A day-long summer or fall meeting is held in Bethesda. Additional Committee business is conducted by email and conference call. Staff support is provided by the APS Office of Science Policy and Government Relations. Information on recent committee activities may be found in the committee’s annual report.


Duties of the Animal Care and Experimentation Committee are to:
  • Monitor relevant issues concerning the care and use of animals in research and teaching and bring these issues to the attention of the Society’s Council and the membership as needed.
  • Develop and execute plans of action to address issues that may impact research and teaching involving animals.
  • Organize symposia at the Experimental Biology meeting.
  • Review the APS Guiding Principles for the Care and Use of Animals every 5 years and keep other policy statements up to date or propose new ones. Changes to APS policy statements shall be referred to the APS Council for its approval.
  • Carry out projects concerning animal care and use delegated by the Council.
  • Exchange information and coordinate activities with the APS Education Committee.
  • Coordinate activities with the APS and FASEB Science Policy Committees.

Duties of the ACE Chair are to:
  • Advise the Publications Committee on questions concerning animal care and use procedures in manuscripts submitted to APS journals.
  • Represent the Society on the AAALAC Board of Trustees.
  • Serve as an ex officio, non-voting member of the APS Science Policy Committee.
  • Serve as an ad hoc member of the FASEB Subcommittee on Animals in Research.

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