The cost of self-imposed regulatory burden in animal research

Joseph D. Thulin, John F. Bradfield, Valerie K. Bergdall, Laura A. Conour, Andrew W. Grady, Debra Hickman, John N. Norton, Jeanne M. Wallace

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Abstract

U.S. federal regulations and standards governing the care and use of research animals enacted in the mid- to late 1980s, while having positive effects on the welfare and quality of the animals, have resulted in dramatic increases in overall research costs. In addition to the expenses of housing and caring for animals according to the standards, establishing the requisite internal compliance bureaucracies has markedly driven up costs, in both institutional monetary expenditures and lost research effort. However, many institutions are increasing these costs even further through additional self-imposed regulatory burden, typically characterized by overly complex compliance organizations and unnecessary policies and procedures. We discuss the sources of this self-imposed burden and recommend strategies for avoiding it while preserving an appropriate focus on animal well-being and research success.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3297-3300
Number of pages4
JournalFASEB Journal
Volume28
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

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Animals
Costs and Cost Analysis
Compliance
Animal Housing
Research
Unnecessary Procedures
Costs
Animal Welfare
Health Expenditures
Organizations

Keywords

  • Compliance
  • Oversight
  • Policies
  • Standards

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Genetics
  • Molecular Biology

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Thulin, J. D., Bradfield, J. F., Bergdall, V. K., Conour, L. A., Grady, A. W., Hickman, D., ... Wallace, J. M. (2014). The cost of self-imposed regulatory burden in animal research. FASEB Journal, 28(8), 3297-3300. https://doi.org/10.1096/fj.14-254094

The cost of self-imposed regulatory burden in animal research. / Thulin, Joseph D.; Bradfield, John F.; Bergdall, Valerie K.; Conour, Laura A.; Grady, Andrew W.; Hickman, Debra; Norton, John N.; Wallace, Jeanne M.

In: FASEB Journal, Vol. 28, No. 8, 2014, p. 3297-3300.

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Thulin, JD, Bradfield, JF, Bergdall, VK, Conour, LA, Grady, AW, Hickman, D, Norton, JN & Wallace, JM 2014, 'The cost of self-imposed regulatory burden in animal research', FASEB Journal, vol. 28, no. 8, pp. 3297-3300. https://doi.org/10.1096/fj.14-254094
Thulin JD, Bradfield JF, Bergdall VK, Conour LA, Grady AW, Hickman D et al. The cost of self-imposed regulatory burden in animal research. FASEB Journal. 2014;28(8):3297-3300. https://doi.org/10.1096/fj.14-254094
Thulin, Joseph D. ; Bradfield, John F. ; Bergdall, Valerie K. ; Conour, Laura A. ; Grady, Andrew W. ; Hickman, Debra ; Norton, John N. ; Wallace, Jeanne M. / The cost of self-imposed regulatory burden in animal research. In: FASEB Journal. 2014 ; Vol. 28, No. 8. pp. 3297-3300.
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