A new report from FASEB and its partners contains proposed changes to federal regulations, policies, and guidelines governing the use of animals in research.
Directed to federal agencies involved in the oversight of federally funded animal research – primarily the U.S. National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Agriculture – the recommendations aim to address the numerous conflicting, outdated, or ineffective regulations that do not improve animal welfare. The proposed changes ensure that standards of care in animal research are maintained and would have the practical effect of promoting efficiency in research.
The report grew out of an April 2017 workshop convened by FASEB, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and the Council on Governmental Relations, with support from the National Association of Biomedical Research. The workshop participants sought to identify federal requirements that demand significant administrative effort but do not enhance animal welfare.
The report was covered by several scientific publications, including an Oct. 24 article in Science.