Meeting the Requirements of the Animal Welfare Act Workshop
The Animal Welfare Act (AWA) regulations require principal investigators to provide Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUCs) with documentation demonstrating that their activities do not unnecessarily duplicate previous experiments and that alternatives to procedures that may cause more than momentary pain or distress to the animals have been considered (9 C.F.R. § 2.31 (d)(1)(ii-iii)(2022)). An alternative is any method which results in the replacement or reduction of animals, or refinement of experimental techniques. One way to meet this federal mandate is through an alternatives literature search.