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.

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