Design, Implementation, Monitoring and Sharing of Performance Standards

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Statement of Task:
“Performance standard is a standard or guideline that, while describing a desired outcome, provides flexibility in achieving this outcome by granting discretion to those responsible for managing the animal care and use program, the researcher and the IACUC. The performance approach requires professional input, sound judgment, and a team approach to achieve specific goals” (Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, 2011, p. 6)

This free, public workshop will provide a neutral forum for the discussion of established performance standards particularly targeting any standards that may require revision or alteration to conform with today’s experimental environment. Speakers from around the world will explore this issue to encourage improvement and innovation. Audience participation portions of the workshop will be incorporated to facilitate deeper understanding of this issue.


This workshop was made possible by generous donations from:
American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine; American Veterinary Medical Association; Charles River Laboratories; Covance Laboratories, Inc.; Genentech; GlaxoSmithKline; Massachusetts General Hospital; National Primate Research Centers; Novartis; Pfizer, Inc.; Stanford University School of Medicine; University of California, Davis; University of Illinois; University of Michigan; University of North Dakota; University of Pittsburgh; and University of Washington.

Funding for this conference was made possible, in part, by the Food and Drug Administration through grant 1 R 13 FD 005298 – 01, views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does any mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organization imply endorsement by the United States Government.