Laws, Regulations, and Standards Governing Research with Animals

Public Laws

USDA Animal Welfare Act (AWA)external icon, 7 U.S.C. 2131 et seq., as amended.

Health Research Extension Act of 1985external icon (“Animals in Research”) [Public Law 99-158]


USDA Animal Welfare Regulationsexternal icon, Code of Federal Regulations, Title 9, Chapter 1, Subchapter A, Parts 1, 2, and 3.

Standards and Principles

Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (PHS Policy)external icon

U.S. Government Principles for the Utilization and Care of Vertebrate Animals Used in Testing, Research, and Trainingexternal icon

AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2020 Editionpdf iconexternal icon (PDF, 549KB), American Veterinary Medical Association.

Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, 8th edition. National Academies Press ( iconexternal icon

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Page last reviewed: April 13, 2022