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Laboratory Issues & Safety

Conducting high-quality research is a complicated process that requires adherence to many regulations as well as ethical guidance by AAU’s campuses.

Laboratory safety, oversight of the ethical use of animal models and animals and the oversight of research with stem cells is a complicated endeavor.

AAU supports a 2016 Task Force and Guidance Report which includes 20 recommendations, each with an analysis of the alignment of the recommendation with other foundational reports, reading lists, tools, strategies, illustrative examples, and/or best practices drawn from a community of stakeholders. These resources assist campus teams strengthening their culture of safety.

AAU continues to work closely with NIH and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to promote best practices for animal research and emphasize quality reporting metrics and requirements.

Monitoring the use of ethical research with stem cells, new gene editing technologies and other resources, are integral to exemplary science.

Human stem cell research holds much promise because it may enable scientists to understand the complex processes of human development and provide new understanding—and therapies and cures—for a host of human diseases.



AAU and many scientific societies, research organizations, and universities submitted comments to the Department of Transportation in support of the National Alliance on Biomedical Research’s  (NABR) legal complaint regarding airlines’ refusal to ship research animals.
The Association of American Universities (AAU), Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and Council on Governmental Relations (COGR) sent comments to the USDA on reform opportunities with respect to USDA regulations, policies, and guidance documents. 
NACUBO has long advocated for recognition of the differences between academic institutions and many other generators of hazardous waste in EPA rules.
As you have duly noted in the past that a “one-size-fits-all approach may not be optimal for such a diverse regulated community"...
A series of five meetings were held in 2012 and 2013 focused on the issues of science and security and biological research. Meeting participants included the AAU, APLU, AAAS, and the FBI. Each meeting provided a corresponding report.
Personnel Security Programs Meeting Report, 21-22 August 2013
Implementing the Revised Select Agents and Toxin Regulations Proceedings, 22-23 April 2013
International Science and Security Proceedings from the Meeting, 4-5 February 2013
A Discussion about Dual Use Review and Oversight at Research Institutions, September 13-14, 2012
A Dialogue between Universities and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, February 21-22, 2012