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    NIH Calls for Comments on 8th Edition of Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals

    Date: November 15, 2011

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced that it plans to adopt the 8th Edition of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and NIH’s Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) has developed Position Statements in response to public concerns. The Position Statements clarify the ways in which NIH expects assured institutions to implement the 8th Edition of the Guide by addressing the following concerns:

    • Cost of implementing the 8th Edition of the Guide
    • Animal housing specifications
    • Use of nonpharmaceutical-grade compounds
    • Food and fluid restrictions; multiple surgical procedures
    • Application of the 8th Edition of the Guide to agricultural animals used in biomedical research

    The Notice states that the public is invited to submit comments on their understanding of the Position Statements until January 29, 2012.  To view more information on the Guide  and submit comments, please visit the OLAW website.