Public comments, the AVMA’s associated responses, and a webinar regarding the 2020 AVMA Euthanasia Guidelines are now available on the OLAW website
The PHS Policy requires that methods of euthanasia of animals be consistent with the recommendations of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Panel on Euthanasia unless a deviation is justified for scientific reasons in writing by the investigator.
The AVMA released Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2020 Edition on January 17, 2020. In response, OLAW invited the public to share their concerns with the updated Euthanasia Guidelines through a Request for Information (NOT-OD-20-069).
OLAW received eight comments which were shared with the AVMA Panel on Euthanasia. The AVMA responded in writing to the public’s concerns. Both documents can now be found on:
- the OLAW website dedicated to the AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2020 Edition
- OLAW’s most recent webinar page, Update on the AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2020 Edition, and
- the AVMA website
OLAW’s guidance regarding the 2020 Euthanasia Guidelines update can be found in NOT-OD-20-132 and NOT-OD-20-143. OLAW expects institutions to fully implement the new AVMA euthanasia guidelines after October 1, 2020.
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