Clarifying the Reporting Requirements

It’s Important to stay aware The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) released its “Request for Information (RFI) on Clarifying the Reporting Requirements for Departures from the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals” (NOT-OD-21-161) in July of this year. The response deadline just passed as of November …

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How does Health Check Work?

In our last blog post, we detailed the importance of conducting regular Health Checks. This week, we will take a look at the different ways that a Health Check can be done, as well as other factors that should be considered when evaluating your processes.   What is a Health Check? To recap: Health Check is a …

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Why Use Cost Accounting?

Cost Accounting offers a wholistic look of recurring and onetime costs to help you establish per diem rates across species, cage types, and locations. TOPAZ offers both a Cost Accounting Module within Elements for ongoing reporting as well as a separate Cost Accounting Consultation Service. Either option helps you to establish baseline costs for your …

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How to Avoid Remediation Costs

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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Institutional Responsibilities – Grant to Protocol Congruency

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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