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May2018

On April 30, 2018, the EPA published in the Federal Register a proposed rule titled, Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science. The rule would prohibit the EPA from basing regulatory action on scientific studies for which the underlying raw data and models are not publicly available “in a manner sufficient for validation and analysis.” According to the notice, the proposed rule is “designed to increase transparency in the preparation, identification, and use of science in policymaking.” On its face, this sounds good; however, many in the scientific community are expressing deep concern that this proposed rule is actually a way for EPA to limit the types of science it can and will use in regulatory decision-making, to the detriment of environmental policy and the public’s health. Comments on the proposed rule are due May 30. Read more

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May2018

The keynote address at PRIM&R's IACUC Conference by Alison Rockett Frase and Dr. Martin (Casey) K. Childers really should have come with a Kleenex alert! Those of us in attendance all know that research with animals can lead to major advances in treatment for a variety of health issues. Hearing Ms. Frase’s firsthand account of her son's battle with a rare neuromuscular disorder and Dr. Childer’s follow-up description of their search for a treatment or cure for centronuclear and myotubular myopathies was truly inspiring. If you’ve not yet seen the video about their journey please stop what you are doing, close your office door, grab a hankie and watch their video. I dare say there were very few dry eyes in the room at the end of their presentation at IACUC18, and there was a communal feeling of wanting to shout: “Yes, Yes, Yes! This is why we do what we do!” Read more

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May2018

On April 19, HHS and 16 other federal agencies released a new Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would delay the general compliance date for the revised Common Rule an addition six months, to January 21, 2019. The NPRM also proposes to allow institutions to implement three “burden-reducing provisions” during the delay period. Comments on the NPRM are due May 21, and as you consider developing and submitting your comments, I wanted to share the letter PRIM&R has submitted. Read more

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May2018

Do you think of customer service when you think of IACUC Administration? No? Well, maybe you should! I recently attended a fabulous session at PRIM&R’s 2018 IACUC Conference entitled “Incorporating Quality Customer Service into IACUC Administration”. We don’t often think of customer service as applying to regulatory compliance. But if instead of viewing regulatory compliance as enforcement, we view it as a service, we may begin to see compliance increase. Read more

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May2018

At the 2017 AER conference, I caught the plenary session, “New Frontiers: The Changing Landscape of Research Regulations.” One of the presenters, John R. Baumann, PhD, the Associate Vice President for Research Compliance at Indiana University, shared with us how his institution was approaching the upcoming changes to the Common Rule, including the elimination of continuing review. Read more

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May2018

At my institution we frequently struggle with recruiting IACUC members and then keeping them on the committee once they realize the required time commitment. In an IACUC18 session titled “Keeping the Key Players in Your Animal Care and Use Program Informed and Engaged,” Helen O’Meara, Jo Ann Henry, and Ernie Prentice, PhD, shared fantastic strategies for keeping committee members informed and engaged. Read more