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The Office of Research Support (ORS) does not administer or oversee HOP policy 5-2011* or training related to the policy. ORS administers HOP policy 7-1210, “Promoting Objectivity in Research by Managing, Reducing or Eliminating Financial Conflicts of Interest” so if you conduct research and have:

  1. Not submitted a Financial Interest Disclosure (FID), you will need to complete mandatory training and file a FID. Instructions for completing these requirements are located at http://www.utexas.edu/research/rsc/coi/training.html.
  2. Previously submitted a FID, you are not required to complete additional training nor re-disclose the same information to comply with the UTS 180/HOP 5-2011 policy requirements.   However, you may have other responsibilities under that policy.

*If you have questions concerning the other policy, HOP policy 5-2011, “Conflicts of Interest, Conflicts of Commitment, & Outside Activities,” you should contact the Provost’s Office evpp_coi@austin.utexas.edu.

Regulatory Information & Suggested Resources

Federal Regulations, Policies, and Guidelines | Additional Reference Resources

Federal Regulations, Policies, and Guidelines

Animal Welfare Act
http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_welfare/downloads/Animal Care Blue Book -2013 - FINAL.pdf

Congress established this Act to ensure that all animals (excluding mice, rats, and birds) are provided humane care and treatment.

Public Health Service (PHS) Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/references/phspol.htm

This policy is intended to ensure that PHS grantees and contractors care for and use animals humanely.

U.S. Government Principles for the Utilization and Care of Vertebrate Animals Used in Testing, Research, and Training
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/references/phspol.htm#USGovPrinciples

These principles were developed specifically for U.S. Government agencies to follow when conducting testing, research, or training procedures involving vertebrate animals.

Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=12910

The Guide is used "to assist institutions in caring for and using animals in ways judged to be scientifically, technically, and humanely appropriate. It also serves to assist investigators in fulfilling their obligation to plan and conduct animal experiments in accord with the highest scientific, humane, and ethical principles."

Guidelines for the Care and Use of Mammals in Neuroscience and Behavioral Research
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/National_Academies_Guidelines_for_Use
_and_Care.pdf

Expanding on the "Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals," this publication provides current best practices for animal care and use and discusses how applicable regulations and guidelines can be applied to neuroscience and behavioral research. It encourages the use of professional judgment and careful interpretation of regulations and guidelines to develop performance standards that ensure animal well-being and high-quality research.

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals 2013 Edition
https://www.avma.org/KB/Policies/Documents/euthanasia.pdf

This document provides guidance on euthanasia methods and agents to ensure that animals are relieved from unnecessary pain and suffering.

United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA/APHIS) Animal Care Policy Manual
http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_welfare/policy.php

This is a resource guide that provides additional clarification on the intent of the Animal Welfare Act.


Additional Reference Resources

Applied Reseasrch Ethics National Association (ARENA) / Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Guidebook http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/GuideBook.pdf

Laboratory Animal Management: Rodents (National Research Council)
http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?isbn=0309049369

Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories http://www.cdc.gov/od/ohs/biosfty/bmbl4/bmbl4toc.htm

Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules http://oba.od.nih.gov/rdna/nih_guidelines_oba.html

Report of the ACLAM Task Force on Rodent Euthanasia (2005) American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine
http://www.aclam.org/Content/files/files/Public/Active/report_rodent_euth.pdf

Guidelines For Use Of Live Amphibians And Reptiles In Field And Laboratory Research (2004)
American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists

http://www.asih.org/sites/default/files/documents/Resources/
guidelinesherpsresearch2004.pdf

Guidelines To The Use Of Wild Birds In Research (1999)
THE ORNITHOLOGICAL COUNCIL

http://www.nmnh.si.edu/BIRDNET/guide/index.html

Fish Research and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (2003) Institute for Laboratory Animal Resources
http://dels.nas.edu/ilar_n/ilarjournal/44_4/v4404Borski.pdf

Guidelines for the Use of Fishes in Research (2004)
American Fisheries Society

http://fisheries.org/docs/policy_useoffishes.pdf

Guidelines of the American Society of Mammalogists for the Use of Wild Mammals in Research (2011) American Society of Mammalogists
http://www.mammalsociety.org/uploads/Sikes et al 2011.pdf