These pages are a set of links to correspondence between the University of Wisconsin, Madison and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) concerning violations of the Public Health Service (PHS) Policy on the Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.
NIH/OLAW rarely inspects laboratories. NIH/OLAW's oversight is primarily a matter of talking to a lab's representatives on the phone and responding to letters from them reporting on their violations and what they did in response.
PHS self-reports 3N to 3Z
PHS self-reports 4A to 4Z
PHS self-reports 5A to 5Z
PHS self-reports 6A to 6Z
PHS self-reports 7A to 7Z
PHS self-reports 8A to 8Z
PHS self-reports 9A to 9Z
PHS self-reports 10A to ...
The lists are ordered by OLAW Case Number; in some
instances the date on the OLAW response letter is out of sequence. Brief
excerpts from OLAW's response letter are provided; a review of each
file will provide additional detail. A handful of the reports are missing in my records. If I get them, I will put them in their appropriate spot in an effort to complete the record.
The entries are listed in this fashion:
OLAW Case Number
Date of OLAW response
All laboratories using vertebrate animals in Public Health Service-funded research are required to periodically submit a document to NIH promising to adhere to Public Health Service (PHS) Policy on the Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. This document is referred to as the entity's
"Animal Welfare Assurance." The correspondence is marked:
re: Animal Welfare Assurance
A3368-01 [OLAW Case Number]
A3368-01 is the University of Wisconsin, Madison's PHS Assurance number.
It is hard to find evidence of meaningful oversight in this correspondence because similar accidents, screw-ups, and violations occur repeatedly, and in every case OLAW answers with some version of: "OLAW understands that measures have been implemented to correct and prevent recurrence of this problem."
It might be a coincidence, but a few months after I began publishing
these reports they were fined $74,000 by the USDA's Animal Care division of its
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS-AC) for years of violations.
The settlement letter cites many of the instances in the reports. It makes
me wonder, if I hadn't made these reports public, would APHIS-AC have ever taken
notice of the problems? The dirth of citations in recent past APHIS inspections
suggests that they wouldn't have. Read the USDA's final decree.