The Future of Animal Law: Webinar and Workshop

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 U.S. Department of Agriculture), celebrated its 50th 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 U.S. 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 webinar and a workshop to discuss the future of federal laboratory animal law in the United States.

The webinar will provide an overview of applicable laws and regulations governing the care and use of laboratory animals. The workshop will examine how technological advances, such as CRISPR/Cas9, may impact the current legal framework, including our ability to sustainably support laboratory animal welfare. The webinar has yet to be scheduled but will most likely be held between January 16-25, 2018. 

The workshop will be held on January 26, 2018 and will be hosted by Harvard Law School at its campus in Boston, MA. The workshop will also be freely webcast internationally. Register today to attend the workshop!


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