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LABORATORY ANIMAL WELFARE: CHANGE IN PHS POLICY ON HUMANE CARE AND USE OF LABORATORY ANIMALS

Release Date: 7 August 2002

The NIH is changing the PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (PHS Policy) to permit institutions with PHS Animal Welfare Assurances to submit verification of Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) approval for competing applications subsequent to peer review but prior to award.

The change in the PHS Policy is effective as of 1 September 2002 (i.e., for all applications submitted for the May-June 2003 Advisory Council dates).

With this change in the PHS Policy, IACUC verification is no longer required to be submitted (to the agency) prior to NIH peer review, but instead is simply required prior to award. This process has already been implemented by the agency as of 1 May 2000, for Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval of applications involving human subjects. This process is commonly referred to as "just-in-time."

The purpose of the change is to enhance the flexibility of institutions and to reduce the burden on applicants and IACUCs, allowing resources to be focused on substantive review of applications likely to be funded. Be advised, the change, however, permits funding components to require verification of IACUC approval at an earlier date if necessary.

For more information and guidance on this PHS Policy change visit:

(http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/olaw/fed_reg_v67n152.pdf)