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18 December 2017 - [the below is a forwarded post]

Future Directions for Laboratory Animal Law in the U.S.
ILAR Roundtable Pre-workshop Webcast & Workshop

Understanding laboratory animal law is necessary and fundamental for all researchers relying on results from animal research, as well as for laboratory animal veterinarians, institutional officials, members of Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUCs), and veterinarians in training. Both the scope and particulars of these laws are important. Those interested in or impacted by the laboratory animal laws can have significantly different perspectives about the scope or efficiency of the regulations or their implementation.
You are invited to join a workshop and a pre-workshop webcast to explore the future of federal laboratory animal law in the United States, hosted by the Roundtable on Science and Welfare in Laboratory Animal Use of the Institute for Laboratory Animal Research, the Animal Law and Policy Program and the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics of the Harvard Law School.

The pre-workshop webcast on January 17, 2018 will provide overview of applicable laws and regulations governing the care and use of laboratory animals. Join at the ILAR Roundtable website to view the webcast, which will go online from 12-12:45 p.m. EST on January 17 and will be available as a recording thereafter. No registration is necessary.

The workshop on January 26, 2018 will examine how technological advances, such as CRISPR/Cas9, may impact the current legal framework and the ability to sustainably support laboratory animal welfare. The workshop will be held at the Harvard Law School and will be webcast. Register for the workshop.

The events are free and open to the public. Video archives of both events will be posted on the ILAR Roundtable website within a week of each event. Learn more and register today!

27 November 2017 - The IACUC will be closed for the holidays from 22 Dec through 2 Jan.  Emails to iacuc@chapman.edu will be monitored, but less frequently.

24 October 2017 – Implementation of the Cayuse IACUC software has been delayed, probably until the new year.  So, meanwhile, the IACUC will continue to receive and review the two part protocol posted in the "Forms and Links" tab at left.  Update 27 Nov - implementation should start in spring 2018.

8 August 2017 – The website of the IACUC has been redesigned to provide more information for faculty, students, and staff engaged in various forms of research and teaching with animals.

1 August 2017 - The first phase of implementing new software for processing animal use protocols was started today.  The product called “Cayuse IACUC”, part of the Cayuse Research Suite, was introduced to the Office of Research.  After developing and testing protocol templates through summer, it should go live in the fall (see other updates).

26 July 2017 – In collaboration with Risk Management at Chapman, the two part process of the lab animal occupational health program (LAOHP) was launched.  The first part involves completion of the one-page RASQ form, which stands for risk assessment safety questionnaire.  A potential animal user answers questions to self-determine his/her risk while working with animals.  Should a health issue be identified, the option to complete a health history questionnaire and consult with a medical professional is available.

19 July 2017 – In collaboration with CITI, the modules of the responsible use of research animals training program were rearranged into new groupings.   They are now better aligned with the specific research programs based upon animal and function types at Chapman.

7 July 2017 - Bruce W. Kennedy joined the Research Integrity team at Chapman as the new IACUC administrator.   He has been a lab technician, an animal facility manager, and holds the PRIM&R animal research committee credential of CPIA.  His background in research regulatory compliance at both government and academic settings also includes 12 years managing an IRB, working with an IBC, and conducting accreditation site visits of vivaria with AAALAC International.