Effective Date: December 02, 2011
Expiration Date: December 02, 2020
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NASA management is committed to using live animals in Agency-supported research, testing, teaching, and hardware development activities only when necessary. When animals are required, the Agency shall comply with all applicable laws, regulations, and guidelines and ensure that the "NASA Principles for the Ethical Care and Use of Animals" (Appendix B) are incorporated in its programs, when applicable.
This NPR delineates the responsibilities and implementing requirements for the Agency's use of animals in research, testing, teaching, and hardware development activities, including such activities conducted in non-U.S. facilities and space flight vehicles.
a. This NPR applies to NASA Headquarters and NASA Centers, including Component Facilities, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a Federally Funded Research and Development Center, and to all activities involving animals funded by or sponsored by NASA or conducted in or on NASA facilities, aircraft, or spacecraft. Such activities include those conducted under a cooperative agreement or grant, contract, reimbursable agreement, or other arrangement or agreement entered into by NASA and another Government agency, private entity, non-Federal public entity, or foreign entity.
b.This NPR does not apply to livestock, or domesticated animals under non-NASA control that are permitted to be at NASA Centers or Facilities for other than research purposes (e.g., cattle leases and guide dogs), nor does it apply to animals used by NASA, contractors, or other agencies for law enforcement purposes.
NPD 8910.1, Care and Use of Animals.
a. Animal Welfare Act of 1966, as amended, 7 U.S.C. 2131 et seq.
b. Health Research Extension Act of 1985, as amended, Pub. L. 99-158, 99 Stat. 820 (1985).
c. Animal Welfare, 9 C.F.R., Ch. I, Subch. A, Pts. 1-4.
d. Care and Use of Animals in the Conduct of NASA Activities, 14 C.F.R., Pt. 1232.
e. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, "Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals" (PHS Policy) (2002).
f. National Research Council, "Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals" (Guide) (1996).
g. United States Interagency Research Animal Committee, "U.S. Government Principles for the Utilization and Care of Vertebrate Animals Used in Testing, Research, and Training" (1985).
h. Policy and Guidelines for the Use and Care of Animals in Space-borne Research, in Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) Information Bulletin: Space Research Today, Number 169, August 2007.
i. Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences, "International Guiding Principles for Biomedical Research Involving Animals" (1985).
j. NPR 1440.6, NASA Records Management.
k. NPR 1441.1, NASA Records Retention Schedules.
l. NPD 8910.1B, Care and Use of Animals.
m. Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Guidebook, 2nd Edition, 2002, DHHS, NIH, Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare; Applied Research Ethics National Association.
n. Occupational Health and Safety in the Care and Use of Research Animals, 1997, National Academy of Sciences Institute for Laboratory Animal Research.
Adherence to this NPR will be measured through strict tracking of requirements outlined herein and detailed in NASA NPD 8910.1B, Care and Use of Animals. In general terms, for all NASA-sponsored research involving animals, the requirements shall include verification of accreditation and certifications, regular monitoring of research activities and sanctions imposed, and corrective actions taken.
NPR 8910.1B, Care and Use of Animals, dated October 7, 2009.
Dr. Richard S. Williams
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