The Office of Animal Care (OAC) ensures that all animals used in research are treated in a humane and ethical manner, and that personnel adhere to all policies and guidelines set forth by government and private regulatory agencies.
In compliance with the provisions of the Animal Welfare Act of 1966 (AWA), Seattle Children's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) conducts biannual reviews of OAC institutional procedures and provides assurances to the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) at the National Institutes of Health on a yearly basis.
Additionally, Seattle Children's Research Institute has been a member of the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC) since 1999. AAALAC is a private nonprofit organization that promotes the humane treatment of animals in science through voluntary accreditation and assessment programs.
To learn more, visit the IACUC.