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The ARC recently approved the following Policies:

1. Humane Treatment and Endpoints
This new Policy establishes the ARC expectation for application of humane interventions to minimize pain and distress, and sets out criteria that warrant prompt premature euthanasia. Note that the standard premature euthanasia weight loss limit has been increased to 20% in the Policy; use of this endpoint, or any other endpoint not currently described in an approved protocol, requires a protocol amendment.

2. Monitoring Laboratory Animals
Previously called Responsibility for Monitoring Laboratory Animals, this Policy was revised to describe investigator responsibilities for using color-coded special instruction cage cards.

We encourage you to review these Policies with your research team. Please do not hesitate to contact us at 310-206-6308 or if you have any questions.