Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International
Ohio State’s animal care and use program is fully accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC). AAALAC International is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes the humane treatment of animals in science through voluntary accreditation and assessment programs.
AAALAC endorses the use of animals to advance medicine and science, when there are no animal alternatives and when it is done in an ethical and humane way.
Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare
The Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) provides guidance and interpretation of the Public Health Service (PHS) Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, supports education programs, and monitors compliance with the policy by assured institutions and PHS funding components to ensure the humane care and use of animals in PHS-supported research, testing, and training, thereby contributing to the quality of PHS-supported activities.
Ohio State’s Animal Care and Use program assurance has been approved by OLAW.
Animal Welfare Regulations
The Animal Welfare Act (AWA) was signed into law in 1966. It is the only federal law in the U.S. that regulates the treatment of animals in research. The law requires minimum standards of animal care to be established and enforced. The Act has been amended six times, most recently in 2007.
The AWA gives the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) authority to set and enforce standards and ensure the care and humane treatment of covered animals. The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) implements those standards and achieves compliance through inspection, education, cooperative efforts, and enforcement.
Ohio State’s animal care and use program is in full compliance with the AWA and is licensed by the USDA.
Additional information on animal welfare regulations can be found on the IACUC website under IACUC Regulations and Guidance.