In its role as a leader in the environmental and human health protection research communities, ORD upholds three fundamental tenets in the use of animals in its research:
Animals represent a limited resource and are precious research tools;
Quality and validity of data collected from animals must be assured; and
Resultant research must have the full confidence of and acceptance by the scientific, regulated, and decision-making communities, and the public.
Understanding the specific needs for and value of animal use is balanced with associated responsibilities in conducting such research. ORD adheres to
Stringent review to assure responsible use;
Annual review and accreditation by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care;
Close scrutiny of animal protocols; and
Continuous attention to the refinement of methodologies that reduce the number of or eliminate the use of animals.