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Determining the best software for your organization can be tricky. here are a few common factors to consider when evaluating whether a configurable solution or a custom software is the right fit for your institution. Configurable Custom Flexible to meet your institution’s evolving needs with many integrations readily available. Process changes are done quickly by …

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Animal Care and Use Programs are typically an expensive but necessary part of any organization’s research program.  Between animals, personnel, infrastructure and equipment, organizations have a great deal already invested. That is why it is critical that Programs run smoothly and remediation costs are avoided as much as possible. What are Remediation Costs? Remediation costs …

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Our team here at TOPAZ Technologies is excited to announce the newest edition to the TOPAZ Elements Suite: Animal Breeding. TOPAZ Elements encompasses all the tools you need to efficiently and effectively manage protocols. Now with the addition of our new Animal Breeding Module, you can leverage your existing census data and improve workflows throughout …

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) on the Clarification of Institutional Responsibilities Regarding Grant to Protocol Congruency (NOT-OD-20-153). This clarification is being provided in part due to the 21st Century Cures Act (21CCA). As a reminder, the Cures Act is a law that was enacted in 2016 authorizing …

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It’s certainly not the biggest news of the year, nor is it the most significant of changes, but it definitely deserves some attention. A 2020 Gallup Poll found that 56% of Americans believe medical testing on animals is morally acceptable (Brennan, 2020). Yes, this is just barely a majority, but it is a 5% increase …

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AVMA Euthanasia 2020 Guidelines

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) released its official AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2020 Edition, an update to its 2013 Edition, in January 2020. OLAW issued its Notice of Intent to Seek Public Comments on Updated AVMA Guidelines for Euthanasia on January 21st, 2020, within which it is encouraging “PHS-Assured institutions to …

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Many of us have heard plenty about the 21st Century Cures Act (21CCA) at this point. For those who aren’t familiar yet, the 21CCA is a law that was enacted in 2016 authorizing billions of dollars in funding for, among many other things, significant efforts to eliminate bureaucratic red tape and reduce regulatory burden in …

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Another October has come and gone, which means that National AALAS and the TOPAZ User Symposium are done for another year! As always, AALAS was a great opportunity to meet new friends and catch up with old friends…some very old! It was a wonderful meeting for TOPAZ with lots of good contacts made. The User …

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Topaz Mobile Census applications

In a recent blog post, we mentioned the importance of having accurate census data and how the TOPAZ Mobile Census application is a key part of this picture. The Mobile Census application has been around, in one form or another, for over 20 years. For a while it was called, rather snappily, TOPAZ Tracks, complete …

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Denver 70th National Meeting

We’re getting close to that time of year again! TOPAZ will be at the 2019 National AALAS meeting in Denver, as always. We’ll be at booth 838, so stop by to chat about Elements or just to say “hi” (and grab a cool giveaway)! This year we are, once again, following AALAS with our annual …

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