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May an IACUC suspend (stop) animal activities that it did not initially approve?

Yes. The PHS Policy, Guide, and the USDA Animal Welfare Regulations presume that all ongoing animal activities have received the required prospective review and approval. An activity that has been undertaken without prior approval should be halted and subsequently reported to OLAW because it constitutes serious noncompliance.

Is it a requirement to report all serious adverse events and serious or continuing incidents of protocol noncompliance to NIH, OLAW?

Yes. According to NIH Notice NOT-OD-05-034, PHS Policy, IV.F.3, requires that: "The IACUC, through the Institutional Official, shall promptly provide OLAW with a full explanation of the circumstances and actions taken with respect to: (a) any serious or continuing noncompliance with this Policy; (b) any serious deviation from the provisions of the Guide [for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals]; or (c) any suspension of an activity by the IACUC."

Is it a requirement to report serious adverse events and all incidents of protocol noncompliance to USDA, APHIS?

No. Only the following are required by the Animal Welfare Act regulations to be reported:

  • Change of operations: 9 CFR §2.30 (c) (1)  
  • Protocol suspension: 9 CFR §2.31 (d) (7)
  • Uncorrected significant deficiencies from a semi-annual inspection: 9 CFR §2.31 (c) (3)
  • The Annual Report: 9 CFR §2.36

Where can I get materials and resources for planning a health fair, school project or nutrition education lesson?

Check out our Resource List, Sources of Free and Low Cost Nutrition Education Materials. Certain MyPlate materials are available for free download on the ChooseMyPlate website. For schools and child care centers that participate in the Federal Child Nutrition Programs, free materials can be ordered through the Team Nutrition website.


The Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) is a leader in online global nutrition information. Located at the National Agricultural Library (NAL) of the United States Department of Agriculture, the FNIC website contains over 2500 links to current and reliable nutrition information.

The Food and Agriculture Act of 1977 (Farm Bill) established the Food and Nutrition Information and Education Resources Center (later known as the Food and Nutrition Information Center, or FNIC) as a permanent entity within NAL. (see p.26 of PDF).

FNIC strives to serve the professional community (including educators, health professionals and researchers) by providing access to a wide range of trustworthy food and nutrition resources from both government and non-government sources. The FNIC website provides information about food and human nutrition. The materials found on this website are not intended to be used for the diagnosis or treatment of a health problem or as a substitute for consulting a licensed health professional.

To learn more about FNIC's content and linking policy, please review the webmaster section of the Frequently Asked Questions.  

The use of trade, firm, or corporation names in this website (or in website pages) is for the information and convenience of the reader. Such use does not constitute an official endorsement or approval by USDA or the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) of any product or service to the exclusion of others that may be suitable. Likewise, some databases available on the FNIC website include resources from "non-government entities." Inclusion of these materials in a database does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by FNIC or the U.S. Government.

If you have a question related to food and nutrition please use the Ask a Question form. For questions about the FNIC website email:

In person: FNIC Specialists can assist you Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. EST at the National Agricultural Library (NAL) in Beltsville, Maryland.

By phone: Call (301) 504-5414 to talk to an Information Specialist

By mail:

Food and Nutrition Information Center

USDA ARS National Agricultural Library

10301 Baltimore Avenue,

Beltsville, MD 20705-2351

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