Federal Regulations

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee complies with all state and Federal regulations regarding the use and welfare of animals in teaching and research. The Animal Care Section of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is the entity at USDA that enforces the Animal Welfare Act public law through the Animal Welfare Act Regulations (AWAR).

The Office for Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW, formerly OPRR) is the entity at PHS responsible for enforcing the Health Research Extension Act public law through PHS policy.

External Resources

  • PHS (Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals) - Guidelines for animal uses, as provided by the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • AWAR - (USDA Animal Welfare Act Regulations) The omnibus Federal legislation which provides the base level of animal protections for all institutions and commercial entities.
  • OLAW - (Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare)

A variety of Federal agencies and professional societies have published their own guidelines regarding the ethical treatment of animals. These resources can be useful to those seeking a better understanding of humane practices and policies related to animal uses.