University of Hawai‘i awarded laboratory animal care reaccreditation

University of Hawaiʻi
Victoria Rivera, (808) 956-8102
Director, Office of Research Compliance, Office of the VP for Research and Innovation
Eric R. Matsunaga, (808) 956-5588
Manager, Research and Administrative Operations, Office of the VP for Research and Innovation
Posted: Aug 14, 2019

The University of Hawaiʻi again received full accreditation by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) International on July 26, 2019. AAALAC accreditation identifies UH as a top research institution that puts care and use of animals in its research and teaching as a top priority.

“I was pleased by AAALAC’s commendations of Sylvia Kondo and her team for providing and maintaining a high-quality program of laboratory animal care and use,” said Office of Research Compliance Director Victoria Rivera. “The accreditation team found that UH’s institutional support of the program was especially noteworthy, which serves as a validation of our team’s hard work and dedication to meet AAALAC’s rigorous criteria.”

In addition to assuring the public that research animals at UH receive the utmost care while contributing to experimental research and education, the accreditation enables UH to utilize evolving best practices to continuously evaluate and improve the program.

Other institutions that have also earned AAALAC accreditation include the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the American Red Cross and the National Institutes of Health.


AAALAC International is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes the humane treatment of animals in science through voluntary accreditation and assessment programs.  More than 950 companies, universities, hospitals, government agencies and other research institutions in 41 countries have earned AAALAC accreditation, demonstrating their commitment to responsible animal care and use. These institutions volunteer to participate in AAALAC's program, in addition to complying with the local, state and federal laws that regulate animal research.

About UH Research

Research conducted by the University of Hawai‘i (UH) impacts the quality of life in the islands and around the world. As the state’s major research university, and because of Hawai‘i’s tremendous geographic diversity, UH plays a prominent role in the state’s economic growth and development through its diverse and world-renowned research and innovation programs in astronomy, earth and ocean sciences, medicine and tropical agriculture.