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Apr2018

The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and the Animal Welfare Act Regulations describe rules and best practices for animal care and use professionals to follow in order to ensure high welfare standards are upheld for animals used in research. When an IACUC finds something that diverges from these regulations and standards, it can be a challenge to know whether and where to report the issue. To complicate matters, OLAW and USDA APHIS use differing terminology to describe these occurrences, and have different requirements for reporting. A solid, systematic framework for understanding, sorting, and managing “exceptions” and “departures” can help IACUC administrators more effectively sort through complex issues of compliance. Read more

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Apr2018

At the recent PRIM&R IACUC18 Preconference Program, I was excited to see that there was a session dedicated to improving communication and reducing burden between the IACUC and Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC). Like many of you, I wear multiple hats and serve as both the IACUC and IBC Administrator. I am always looking for ways to streamline processes and reduce burden while improving communication across compliance groups. Even if you only oversee the IACUC, animal research is beginning more and more frequently to involve biological agents that will require IBC review and oversight. Having a solid understanding of the IBC regulations and practices can help reduce burden on investigators and improve communication between compliance committees. Read more

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Apr2018

Like many others, I attended the 2017 Advancing Ethical Research Conference eager to hear presentations from the experts, but also looking forward to hearing from other attendees about their interpretations of the revisions to the Common Rule. I went in with a list of questions a mile long. Read more

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Apr2018

Columbus was a wonderful locale for PRIM&R’s 2018 IACUC Conference and certainly demonstrated what the first few days of spring can look like in the Midwest! The PRIM&R Board, Planning Committee, and staff consistently manage to organize an outstanding array of keynote speakers along with amazing breakout sessions and workshops. Read more

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Apr2018

On April 19, HHS and 16 other federal agencies released a new Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing to delay the general compliance date for the revised Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects, or “Common Rule,” six more months to January 21, 2019. On June 18, HHS released a final rule confirming this delay, while allowing three "burden-reducing provisions" during the delay period. Read more

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Apr2018

As a relative newcomer to the IRB administrator profession, one of my goals for the 2017 Advancing Ethical Resesarch Conference was to meet and develop a network of other professionals at institutions similar to my own. At my institution, I am the only full-time IRB administrator, and at times, it can feel like I am alone in the wilderness of IRB administration. While there are countless useful resources available online, there is often much more nuance and perspective to be gained by being able to bounce ideas and discuss pitfalls with a more experienced individuals Read more