University animal care and use program awarded AAALACi continued full accreditation

Tuesday, Jul 28, 2015

Princeton University has received continued full accreditation of its laboratory animal care and use program by the Council on Accreditation of the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALACi), a nonprofit organization that promotes the humane treatment of animals in science through voluntary accreditation and assessment programs.

The awarding of continued full accreditation comes after an extensive independent review by AAALACi evaluators that included a comprehensive on-site assessment.

In granting continued full accreditation, the AAALACi Council commended the University for "providing and maintaining an excellent program of laboratory animal care and use." In a letter granting accreditation dated July 2, 2015, the AAALACi Council highlighted Princeton's strong institutional support for its animal care and use program as evidenced by investments in research buildings, knowledgeable staff, clean and well maintained facilities, healthy animals, enrichment housing for macaques and other factors.

The AAALACi Council also commended Princeton for its active and engaged Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC); outreach efforts by the Research Integrity and Assurance office; program documentation, including IACUC records, standard operating procedures, training records, nonhuman primate medical records, and extensive records from rodent survival surgery; as well as a comprehensive emergency plan with signage in the facilities for directing first responders. The University promptly addressed AAALACi's recommendations for improving the program.

AAALACi accreditation is voluntary and signifies that Princeton has met all applicable local and national regulations, as well as the standards outlined in the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (Guide, NRC 2011). Many of these additional standards go beyond what is required by law. Princeton has maintained accreditation since 2002.

Since AAALAC's founding in 1965 by veterinarians and researchers, more than 950 organizations in 40 countries have earned AAALACi accreditation. Institutions are re-evaluated every three years to maintain accredited status.