IACUC Regulations

Government Oversight

Liberty University is bound by federal, state, and local regulations regarding the humane care and use of animals. The following information is provided to assist researchers in better understanding the laws and regulations regarding the use of laboratory animals in research.


Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW)

OLAW is a government organization tasked with guiding and interpreting the Public Health Service (PHS) Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. OLAW also supports educational programs, monitors compliance, and provides support to institutions performing research, teaching, and training involving animals. OLAW provides a tutorial for those interested in learning more about PHS Policy.

Public Health Service (PHS) Policy

PHS Policy requires that institutions establish and maintain proper measures to ensure the appropriate care and use of animals involved in research, research training, and biological testing activities conducted or supported by the PHS.


United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

The USDA is a broad government organization that provides oversight on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and other issues related to public policy. The USDA has instituted several animal care policies, which are housed in APHIS, a branch of the USDA.

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

APHIS is a branch of the USDA responsible for promoting and protecting agricultural health, regulating genetically engineered organisms, and administering the Animal Welfare Act.

Animal Welfare Act and Regulations

The Animal Welfare Act and the Animal Welfare Act Regulations are components of USDA policy and oversight. Any institution conducting animal research must abide by the regulations outlined in the AWA in order to remain compliant.