In case you missed the OLAW webinar last week, you can view the new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Template from the Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) on the OLAW website and read additional clarification regarding MOUs and Inter-Institutional Agreements (IIAs). A recording of the webinar will be available on OLAW’s webinar page after accessibility processing.
Frequently asked questions:
1. Is the new MOU template required?
No. The use of the template is not required and is only provided for the convenience of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) at Assured institutions.
2. Why would my institution want to use MOUs?
The Guide states that a “formal written understanding” (e.g., an MOU document) “should” be used when institutions collaborate on activities involving animals. “Should” indicates a strong recommendation for achieving a goal, understanding that individual circumstances might justify an alternative strategy.
3. Is additional guidance available from OLAW on MOUs?
OLAW has previously provided guidance regarding MOUs in this FAQ (scroll down to see the FAQ that opens).