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UCSF AAALAC Accreditation Site Visit

 

Every year, UCSF strives to live up to the highest standards for the humane care and use of animals in research. In pursuit of this, UCSF encourages site visits from the private, nonprofit organization known as the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC).  AAALAC accreditation is voluntary and involves a comprehensive review by AAALAC evaluators, who are animal care and use professionals and researchers from around the globe.

This extensive assessment evaluates the quality of all aspects of the UCSF animal care and use program, with a focus on the basic components of institutional policy, animal husbandry, veterinary care and the facilities where animals are housed and used. The on-site evaluation by an AAALAC team includes observations of virtually all animal housing and procedure areas as well as an extensive review of UCSF program reports and procedures.

Voluntary participation in AAALAC’s program demonstrates UCSF’s commitment to achieving excellence in animal care and use, validating the results of research, and complying with the local, state and federal laws that regulate animal research.

AAALAC’s next site visit to UCSF will occur in the Fall of 2018. We look forward to their visit and hope to continue to meet and exceed AAALAC’s standards for excellence in research, animal welfare, and animal care and use.

For further information about AAALAC International, please visit the AAALAC Website.