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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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The Scoop on TOPAZ Reporter

As mentioned in the previous blog post, TOPAZ Reporter is a module of the Elements suite that provides a very powerful ad-hoc report-building tool. Reporter provides the customer with the ability to generate a wide range of reports covering compliance, facility operations, and animal health data that can include a host of advanced features such as …

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The 21st Century Cures Act

The 21st Century Cures Act, signed into law on December 13, 2016, is designed to help accelerate medical product development and bring innovations and new advances to patients who need them faster and more efficiently.  The Cures Act sought to “catalyze development of new medical technologies at a unique moment in history when fundamental advances in our …

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RFID and other Cage Technologies

The use of RFID technology to ease the tracking of cages in the animal facility has taken a long time to take off.  It was at least 15 years ago when TOPAZ presented RFID technology to our Annual User Conference in the full expectation that within a few years, everyone would be using it!  In practice the …

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The New Common Rule

When working with our Human Protocols module users (aka “IRB”) we often encounter questions about the “new common rule” and how the rule changes are supported within Elements.  As you probably know, implementation of the rule has been delayed by the DHHS until (at least) July 19th, but many institutions are wisely gearing up to …

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