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Reporting Suspensions and Noncompliance

Date adopted: December 28, 2005

Last updated: August 4, 2011


Policies and procedures for the Office for Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC) require that any suspension of research activity or any serious or ongoing issues of noncompliance involving animals regulated by these organizations be promptly reported to these agencies.

Policy Procedure

  • Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW)
    • The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), through the Institutional Official (IO), must contact the office of the Director of Compliance at OLAW immediately after any of the following instances:
      • suspension of any activity by the IACUC
      • serious or continuing non-compliance with PHS Policy
      • significant deviation from the provisions of the Guide
    • After IACUC and IO review and remedy, a formal written report will be filed with OLAW within 3 months of the event stating
      • a full explanation of circumstances
      • description of corrective actions taken
      • minority views filed by the IACUC
      • status of the research program
  • United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
    • The IACUC, through the IO, must contact the Western Regional Director of Animal Care immediately concerning research activity involving USDA-regulated species suspended by the IACUC as well as any federal agency funding the activity.
    • Copies of all written reports involving USDA-regulated species submitted to OLAW will be sent to the Western Regional Director of Animal Care.
  • Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC)
    • The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), through the Institutional Official (IO), must contact AAALAC immediately after suspension of any research activity.
    • Copies of all written reports submitted to OLAW or USDA will be sent to AAALAC