[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 165 (Monday, August 26, 2013)]
[Pages 52777-52778]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-20740]



National Institutes of Health

Implementation of the Revised International Guiding Principles 
for Biomedical Research Involving Animals

SUMMARY: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is providing guidance 
to Public Health Service (PHS) awardee institutions on implementation 
of the revised International Guiding Principles for Biomedical Research 
Involving Animals (``Guiding Principles''). The NIH is seeking input 
from the public on any concerns they may have regarding the revised 
Guiding Principles.

DATES: Public concerns regarding the revised Guiding Principles must be 
submitted electronically at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/rfi/rfi.cfm?ID=35 by September 30, 2013 in order to be considered.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, 
Office of Extramural Research, National Institutes of Health, Suite 
360, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892-7982, phone: 301-496-
7163, email: [email protected].


I. Background

    The NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) oversees PHS-
funded animal activities by the authority of the Health Research 
Extension Act of 1985 (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/references/hrea1985.htm) and the PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory 
Animals (PHS Policy; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/references/phspol.htm). The PHS Policy requires that institutions have an approved 
Animal Welfare Assurance before conducting activities involving live 
vertebrate animals. Institutions outside the United States that receive 
PHS funding are required to have a Foreign Assurance (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/sampledoc/foreign.htm) that commits the 
institution to follow the International Guiding Principles for 
Biomedical Research Involving Animals (``Guiding Principles''). The 
Guiding Principles were revised in December 2012 by a partnership 
between the Council for International Organizations for Medical Science 
(CIOMS) and the International Council for Laboratory Animal Science 
    PHS-Assured institutions outside the United States are encouraged 
to adopt the revised Guiding Principles as soon as possible, and full 
implementation is expected after October 1, 2013. OLAW will confirm an 
institution's adoption of the Guiding Principles at the next renewal of 
the Foreign Assurance.

II. Electronic Access

    The December 2012 revision of the Guiding Principles is available 
for download at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/Guiding_Principles_2012.pdf (PDF).

    Dated: August 19, 2013.
Francis S. Collins,
Director, National Institutes of Health.
[FR Doc. 2013-20740 Filed 8-23-13; 8:45 am]