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ICYMI: Annual Reports Due to OLAW Dec. 1

With a little less than a month to go before the new Dec. 1 deadline, just 241 of nearly 900 institutions had filed their annual report of animal care and use program changes to the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW), RRC has learned.

Until this year, the deadline for annual reports was Jan. 31. But in an effort to reduce administrative tasks and duplications as required under the 2016 21st Century Cures Act, OLAW moved its reporting period from a calendar to a fiscal year (FY) as recommended.[1]

As a result of the change, OLAW’s deadline now coincides with the annual reporting schedule followed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Many institutions follow both the Public Health Service (PHS) Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and USDA’s Animal Welfare Act, depending on the type of animals used.

As OLAW announced on May 21, the change is effective this year.[2] As this is a transition year, however, organizations are filing reports that span only from Jan. 1 to Sept. 30, the end of FY 2020. OLAW established Dec. 1 as the deadline for this partial-FY report. FY 2021 began Oct. 1.

Dec. 1 will remain the deadline for annual reports (assuming it is not changed again).

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