This is an optional Innovation & Leadership credit. These credits recognize exemplary practices and performance above and beyond what is recognized in standard credits and may not be relevant to every institution. Scoring in the Innovation and Leadership section is capped at 4 bonus points total.
IN 23: Laboratory Animal Welfare – version 2.2
Frequently Asked Questions
Do policies that minimize animal pain and distress qualify?
No, in order to count, the written policy must explicitly prohibit laboratory animals in the institution’s care from being subjected to pain or distress.
- McGill University – Policy language states that procedures which cause severe pain are not permitted.
Common Issues Identified During Review
- To count, A copy and/or brief description of the written policy explicitly prohibiting laboratory animals in the institution’s care from being subjected to severe and unrelieved pain and distress must be included. Programs to minimize pain and distress, and compliance with U.S. Federal Programs, is not sufficient.