Laws, Regulations, and Standards Governing Research with Animals

Public Laws

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

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


USDA Animal Welfare RegulationsExternal, 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

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

AVMA Guidelines on Euthanasia, 2013Cdc-pdfExternal (PDF, 549KB), American Veterinary Medical Association.


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Page last reviewed: January 2, 2019