New Guide Notice on statement regarding the restricted transportation of significantly compromised NIH-owned chimpanzees
A new Guide Notice, Notice of Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare Statement on Oversight of NIH-owned Chimpanzees, NOT-OD-21-022, was published on November 5, 2020. On October 27, 2020, OLAW issued a statement that transporting NIH-owned chimpanzees assessed by the facility veterinarian and the NIH Veterinary Panel to be significantly compromised would be a violation of the AWA regulations, and therefore, the PHS Policy. Furthermore, some chimpanzees must remain in their current location, consistent with the regulatory requirements of the AWA and the PHS Policy, and in the interest of each animal’s welfare, health, and social grouping. NOT-OD-21-022 provides the historical context for the OLAW’s statement and detailed resources related to retiring NIH-owned chimpanzees.