Federal Agencies

Animal Plant Inspection Service, Animal Care logo Animal Care

USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

Provides leadership for determining standards of humane care and treatment of animals. AC implements those standards and achieves compliance through inspection, education, and cooperative efforts.

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DHHS. National Institutes of Health.

Provides guidance and interpretation of the Public Health Service (PHS) Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals to ensure the humane care and use of animals in PHS-supported research, testing, and training.

FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine logo Center for Veterinary Medicine

DHHS. Food and Drug Administration.

Regulates the manufacture and distribution of food additives and drugs that will be given to animals. These include animals from which human foods are derived, as well as food additives and drugs for pet (or companion) animals. CVM is responsible for regulating drugs, devices, and food additives given to, or used on, over one hundred million companion animals, plus millions of poultry, cattle, swine, and minor animal species. (Minor animal species include animals other than cattle, swine, chickens, turkeys, horses, dogs, and cats.)

Veterinary Services logo Veterinary Services

USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

Provides information on veterinary services from the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

Wildlife Services

USDA. APHIS. Wildlife Services.

Wildlife Services is involved in managing problems caused by wildlife that pose risks to human health or safety.

Office of Animal Care and Use Office of Animal Care and Use

DHHS. National Institutes of Health.

The Web site of the Intramural Animal Care and Use (ACU) program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) serves as an informational resource for staff involved in the conduct of biomedical research at NIH.

Animal Research Advisory Committee

DHHS. National Institutes of Health.

OACU, ARAC provides guidance and oversight to the intramural animal research activities for the National Institutes of Health.

Interagency Coordinating Committee for the Evaluation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM)

ICCVAM and its supporting center, NICEATM (the National Toxicology Program Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods), coordinate the development, validation, acceptance, and harmonization of alternative toxicological test methods throughout the United States Federal government.

National Organic Standards Board

USDA. Agricultural Marketing Service.

Assists in the development of standards for substances to be used in organic production and to advise the Secretary on any other aspects of the implementation of Title XXI of the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990.

Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research

US Food and Drug Administration.

CBER regulates biological products including blood, vaccines, allergenics, tissues, and cellular and gene therapies. Their authority comes from the Public Health Services Act and from sections in the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act.

Environmental Protection Agency

United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Develops programs and regulations related to air quality, agricultural pesticides, pollution prevention, recycling, toxic chemicals, water quality, and waste to protect human health and the environment.