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]

Regulations

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 on Euthanasia, 2013pdf iconexternal icon (PDF, 549KB), American Veterinary Medical Association.

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

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Page last reviewed: August 19, 2021