Performance Improvement 2011-2012. What Updates Were Incorporated into the 8th Edition of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals?

01/01/2012

The National Academy of Sciences convened a committee of experts to update the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals to reflect advances in science and technology that provide effective and humane care of laboratory animals. Previously revised in 1996, the Guide assists institutions in caring for and using animals in ways judged to be scientifically, technically, and humanely appropriate. A committee of experts met in 2008 and heard from various sponsor organizations. The committee conducted three public forums and met in closed session in order to review and address stakeholder comments. The Guide was released to the public in June, 2010.

The 8th edition of the Guide strongly reaffirmed both the performance standards approach for animal care and care practices and the basic precepts of the US Government Principles for the Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. Specific updates included expanded information on environmental enrichment, animal well-being and psychological health as well as transportation, pain and distress, euthanasia, and veterinary medicine. In addition, for the first time, the Guide contained information about the care and use of fish and other aquatic species, and initial guidance on animal biosecurity practices.

Report Title: Update of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals: NIH Task Order 188 Summary of Salient Results

Agency Sponsor: NIH, National Institutes of Health
Federal Contact: Rosanna Ng, 301-496-5367
Performer: National Academy of Sciences, Institute for Laboratory Animal Research (ILAR)
Record ID: 9437 (Report issued December 31, 2010)

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