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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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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Purchasing laboratory management software may seem like the obvious fix for an institution’s productivity. Robust software that streamlines processes and improves workflow are highly valued and touted as a must-have for any organization with an animal research program. However, the work doesn’t end once the software is installed and users are trained. Over time, software …

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Your institution has determined it is ready to change software solutions. This can happen for many reasons and depending on how well you prepare, can have different outcomes. This guide will help walk you through the process of organizing your needs internally and properly vetting potential solutions. Identify Why It’s important to know exactly why …

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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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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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