Opinion: Lab animal regulations can be simplified without weakening welfare standards

In this era of enthusiasm for deregulation, federal decision-makers must remember the important role that oversight plays in ensuring the humane care and use of lab animals.
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The National Institutes of Health recently began seeking public input on revising laboratory animal research policies and regulations, a review mandated by the 21st Century Cures Act.

In coordination with the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Agriculture, the agency is looking for ways to reduce the administrative burden researchers face, while protecting lab animals and maintaining the integrity of research results.

Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research, the nonprofit organization that I lead, along with other biomedical research stakeholders, agree that review and reform of federal policies for

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