Monday, 15 January 2018

Future Directions for Laboratory Animal Law in the US

Animals in Research is an Integral part of MS research.

Like or Loathe it, it is occurring, but times are changing.

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Future Directions for Laboratory Animal Law in the United States


In the United States, two major federal laws apply to vertebrate animals used in laboratory research.  The first of these two statutes, the Animal Welfare Act (AWA, under the US Department of Agriculture), celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 2016. The second statute, the Health Research Extension Act of 1985 (also referred to as the Public Health Services Act, or PHS Act), which is similar to the AWA, applies specifically to work funded by the US Public Health Service (i.e., agencies under the Department of Health and Human Services).   Understanding laboratory animal law is necessary and fundamental for all researchers relying on results from animal research, laboratory animal veterinarians, institutional officials, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) members and veterinarians in training.  They require familiarity with both the scope and particulars of these laws.  Different parties interested in or impacted by laboratory animal laws can have significantly different perspectives about the scope or efficiency of the regulations or their implementation.

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 will convene a pre-workshop webcast and a workshop to discuss the future of federal laboratory animal law in the United States.


January 26, 2018

This workshop will examine such topics as 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.

Draft Agenda

7:30 - 8:30am, Registration

8:30 - 8:45am, Welcoming Remarks

  • Lida Anestidou, Institute for Laboratory Animal Research, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
  • Carmel Shachar, The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School
  • Chris Green, Animal Law and Policy Program, Harvard Law School; organizing committee member

8:45 - 9:30am, Keynote Presentation

  • Bernadette Juarez, US Department of Agriculture - Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services
  • Moderator: Chris Green, Animal Law and Policy Program, Harvard Law School; organizing committee member

9:30 - 10:30am, Revision: The Future of Laboratory Animal Law

10:30 - 10:45, Break

10:45am - 12:10pm, Reach: Application of Laboratory Animal Laws - Part 1: Expanding Laboratory Animal Laws to Other Species

  • Anne M. Deschamps, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology; organizing committee member
  • Lawrence B. Schook, University of Illinois
  • Moderator: Szczepan Baran, Novartis; organizing committee member

12:10 - 1:10pm, Lunch 

1:10 - 2:30pm, Reach: Application of Laboratory Animal Laws - Part 2: Expanding Laboratory Animal Laws to Other Technologies and Other Animal Owners

  • Lisa Moses, Angell Animal Medical Center & Harvard Medical School
  • Moderator: Elizabeth Heitman, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center; organizing committee member

2:30 - 3:30pm, Resolution: Resolving conflicts in the Laboratory Animal Law system

3:30 - 4:00pm, Closing Comments

  • Steven M. Niemi, Harvard University; organizing committee co-chair
  • Paul A. Locke, Johns Hopkins University; organizing committee co-chair

Register

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Register now!
The workshop will also be webcast and will be accessible to all who are interested. Register for the webcast!