The Animal Welfare Division of OPRR was renamed Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) in 2000.
January 14, 1994
Subject: Requirements for Annual Reporting to OPRR
This letter provides Public Health Service (PHS) awardee institutions with information and clarification in the area of animal welfarerelated annual reporting requirements.
The PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (Policy) describes institutional responsibilities with regard to required annual reports to OPRR (Section IV.F., paragraphs 1. and 2.). Although the requirements of this section are being fully met by a majority of awardees, there appears to be some misunderstanding at a number of institutions regarding annual reporting requirements.
Information from OPRR clarifying and elaborating on PHS Policy annual reporting requirements, including a sample Annual Report format, was provided to Institutional Officials and Chairs of Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees in a 1990 "Dear Colleague" OPRR Reports, Number 90-02. A copy of that correspondence is attached.
Notwithstanding that 1990 communication, some institutions are delinquent in submitting the Annual Report required by the Policy. Further verification of our data is under way. In order to avoid possible sanctions by this Office, please check your records to ensure that your institution is in compliance with this PHS Policy requirement.
PLEASE NOTE THAT AN ANNUAL REPORT IS REQUIRED EVERY YEAR, INCLUDING THE YEAR IN WHICH AN ASSURANCE RENEWAL IS APPROVED BY OPRR.
Please call OPRR at (301) 4967163 if you have any questions regarding the above information.
Gary B. Ellis, Ph.D.
Director, Office for Protection from Research Risks
Nelson L. Garnett, D.V.M.
Director, Division of Animal Welfare, OPRR
Director, Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare
Office of Extramural Research,
Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health
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