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OLAW Guidance Disclaimer

One of the actions identified in the report Reducing Administrative Burden for Researchers: Animal Care and Use in Research as part of the 21st Century Cures Act is for OLAW to clarify the current guidance disclaimer.


OLAW is currently accepting comments on an update to the current guidance disclaimer through a Request for Information.

Request for Information

The NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) requested comments on a proposed update to the current Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) guidance disclaimer between July 11, 2023 and October 22, 2023.

The proposed text can be found here: NOT-OD-23-157

The comment period is now closed.

The final text will be published once comments have been considered.

Policies and Laws

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PHS Policy II: This Policy is applicable to all PHS-conducted or supported activities involving animals, whether the activities are performed at a PHS agency, an awardee institution, or any other institution and conducted in the United States, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or any territory or possession of the United States. Institutions in foreign countries receiving PHS support for activities involving animals shall comply with this Policy, or provide evidence to the PHS that acceptable standards for the humane care and use of the animals in PHS-conducted or supported activities will be met. No PHS support for an activity involving animals will be provided to an individual unless that individual is affiliated with or sponsored by an institution which can and does assume responsibility for compliance with this Policy, unless the individual makes other arrangements with the PHS. This Policy does not affect applicable state or local laws or regulations which impose more stringent standards for the care and use of laboratory animals. All institutions are required to comply, as applicable, with the Animal Welfare Act, and other Federal statutes and regulations relating to animals.

PHS Policy V.A.3.: OLAW is responsible for the general administration and coordination of this Policy and will advise awarding units and awardee institutions concerning the implementation of this Policy.