IACUC 101 Plus Virtual Workshop

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April 24 and 25, 2024 | Virtual

The next IACUC 101 Plus Workshop will be held virtually over 2 six-hour days on April 24 and 25, 2024. This workshop explores IACUC fundamentals appropriate for new and seasoned IACUC members, IACUC affiliates, and individuals responsible for their institution's animal care program. The course provides a basic yet comprehensive overview of the laws, regulations, and policies that govern the humane care and use of research animals. The USDA and OLAW will have representatives present to provide guidance on compliance issues and to provide agency updates. Registration is $75.00.

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USDA AWIC Workshop Registration Open

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May 8-9, 2024 | Virtual

Join the USDA’s Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC) for a free “Meeting the Information Requirements of the Animal Welfare Act” Virtual Workshop on May 8 and 9, 2024 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. ET each day. The workshop will review:

  • 3Rs alternatives (replacement, reduction, and refinement of animal use) methods and resources,
  • literature searching techniques for finding 3Rs information, and
  • historical and current insights into the Animal Welfare Act and its regulations.

Can’t attend the live workshop? AWIC offers a free, pre-recorded, self-paced training online as well as live, customizable presentations and trainings upon request by emailing awic@usda.gov.

Updates to NIH Grants Processes

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NIH is implementing multiple changes to forms and submission processes for funding opportunities with due dates on or after January 25, 2025. These administrative changes are meant to simplify, clarify, and ensure greater fairness for applicants throughout the application and peer review processes. There are no changes to OLAW’s guidance for animal care and use programs. Learn more by visiting this NIH Grants webpage.

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Congruence Review Webinar Posted

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Did you miss this informative webinar given on January 18th, 2024? Congruence review is required prior to award (e.g., grants, cooperative agreements, contracts) for activities that involve the use of live vertebrate animals per PHS Policy IV.D. It is the process that ensures that the information in IACUC protocols is consistent with the application to be awarded, and is an institutional responsibility. This OLAW Online Seminar covers the foundations of congruence review, including definitions, requirements, flexibilities, and answers to common compliance questions. The webinar recording, slides, transcript, and additional questions are now available on the OLAW website.

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IACUC Administrators Association (IAA) April Webinars 

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3:00 PM –4:30 PM ET | Virtual

  • April 3, 2024: What's a Risk-benefit Analysis? This webinar will discuss the process of risk-benefit review conducted by the IACUC to assess the potential risks and benefits associated with proposed animal research protocols.
  • April 17, 2024: Are Your Birds Covered Under the AWARs (USDA)? Some birds’ activities are now covered under the Animal Welfare Act Regulations (AWAR), which is enforced by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). This webinar will discuss the relatively new (August 21, 2023) USDA regulations governing the use of birds.

Participants are encouraged to submit questions to Bill Greer at wggreer@umich.edu PRIOR TO the event. During each session, attendees will be encouraged to discuss their own institutions practices and ideas.

Biosafety Administrators 101 and Best Practices Meeting

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March 27, 2024 | 11:30 AM - 4:30 pm ET | Virtual

The IBC 101/Best Practice meeting is a 5-hour training opportunity for both new and seasoned Biosafety committee members, Biosafety Administrators, program compliance coordinators, and other individuals who contribute to the institution’s biosafety compliance program. Sessions are initiated using didactic presentations that are intended to provide sufficient background on several topics to ensure attendees have a general understanding of an overall Institutional Biosafety program. During each meeting session it is important for attendees to engage in the discussion should any questions arise.

New Guide Notices Incorporating USDA Clarifications for Semiannual Evaluations

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The NIH has released two new Guide Notices that incorporate USDA updates to guidance on semiannual evaluation flexibilities for Animal Welfare Act (AWA)-regulated animals. These new Guide Notices will supersede prior versions. OLAW’s guidance on semiannual evaluation flexibilities that exclude AWA- regulated animals remains unchanged.

Guide Notice NOT-OD-24-076, Guidance on Flexibilities for Conducting Semiannual Inspections of Animal Facilities, incorporates these changes:

IACUC 101 Plus Virtual Workshop

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April 24 and 25, 2024 | Virtual

The next IACUC 101 Plus Workshop will be held virtually over 2 six-hour days on April 24 and 25, 2024. This workshop explores IACUC fundamentals appropriate for new and seasoned IACUC members, IACUC affiliates, and individuals responsible for their institution's animal care program. The course provides a basic yet comprehensive overview of the laws, regulations, and policies that govern the humane care and use of research animals. The USDA, and OLAW will have representatives present to provide guidance on compliance issues and to provide agency updates. Registration is $75.00.

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Biosafety Administrators Association (BSAA) Webinar

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March 20, 2024 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET | Virtual

The Biosafety Administrators Association will be holding a webinar titled “Interactions with OSP, NIH and some Records Keeping Guidance” on March 20, 2024. A guest speaker from the NIH Office of Science Policy (OSP) will present on guidance for records content and retention and will discuss the circumstances IBCs should consider when downgrading containment levels (e.g., BSL2 to BSL1). Attendance is free for BSAA Members and $75 for Nonmembers.

Please direct all questions to Bill Greer at wggreer@umich.edu

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March OLAW Webinar: Research Using Agricultural Animal Species

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March 21, 2024 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET | Virtual

This OLAW online seminar will discuss research involving farm animals. Topics to be discussed include farm animal use in biomedical and agricultural research, common challenges with these species, and perspectives from the USDA, OLAW, and AAALAC International. 

Speakers include:

  • Debbie Cunningham, DVM - Oklahoma State University
  • Louis DiVincenti, DVM, MS, DACLAM, DACAW - USDA, APHIS, Animal Care 
  • Susan B. Harper, DVM, MS, DACLAM, DACVPM, RBP (ABSA) - NIH (presenting the views of AAALAC International)

 

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