U.S. Government Agency Information
In the United States, USDA, APHIS, Animal Care is the agency
responsible for enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act and associated
regulations. For researchers receiving Public Health Service funding,
DHHS, NIH, Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare monitors compliance with
the PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Office of Animal Care (AC)
APHIS/AC enforces the Animal Welfare Act and develops animal care regulations for exhibitors, researchers, and animal dealers. APHIS/AC answers questions regarding the regulations including those about the psychological well-being of nonhuman primates. The staff also refers patrons to regional offices where they can communicate directly with Animal Care inspectors and veterinary medical officer.
4700 River Road
Riverdale, Maryland 29737-1234 USA
Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW)
Located at the NIH, Office of Extramural Research, OLAW enforces the PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals for researchers who receive Public Health Service funding. It produces conferences and workshops relating to responsible animal care and use in biomedical research. OLAW can provide guidance on the development of plans to enhance psychological well-being of nonhuman primates. The PHS Policy requires adherence to the Animal Welfare Act regulations and the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.
National Institutes of Health, Office of Extramural Research
OLAW, Division of Animal Welfare
6100 Executive Blvd., Suite B01
Rockville, Maryland 20892-7507 USA
Tel: (301) 496-7163; Fax (301) 402-2803