GAO to NIH: Strengthen oversight of animal welfare for overseas contracts
The NIH provided billions of dollars over a decade to foreign companies for research projects that use animals — and the US Government Accountability Office thinks the NIH needs to strengthen its oversight of those sites to ensure the animals’ welfare.
In a report released Thursday based on an investigation requested by Congress, the GAO recommended that the NIH conduct site visits and require third-party verification of the annual reports submitted by the companies in order to “provide reasonable assurance that award recipients’ annual self-reported project information is reliable and adequate to ensure the humane care and use of laboratory animals.”
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