APA seeks comments on revised Guidelines for the Use of Animals in Behavioral Projects in Schools (K-12)

New version reflects latest policies for ensuring welfare of nonhuman animals.

The APA’s Committee on Animal Research and Ethics (CARE) is seeking comments from the broad scientific community on a draft version of the revised APA Guidelines for the Use of Animals in Behavioral Projects in Schools (K-12).

The purpose of the Guidelines is to advise elementary and secondary school students and their research supervisors on the conduct of research with nonhuman animals in order to ensure humane treatment of the animals and compliance with federal regulatory and policy requirements.

CARE has revised the Guidelines in light of changes to policies and standard practices for research with nonhuman animals (such as the American Veterinary Medical Association Guidelines for Euthanasia [PDF, 550KB], 2007), as well as to accord with the most recent version of the APA Guidelines for the Ethical Conduct in the Care and Use of Animals (2012).

Comments on the revised draft are being sought from individual scientists, teachers, and administrators; research and academic institutions; and APA governance groups, divisions, and state and provincial psychological associations. After comments have been reviewed and any concerns addressed by CARE, the document will receive further review by the APA Board of Scientific Affairs and the APA Board of Directors. Adoption as APA policy will require approval by the Council of Representatives.

Comments may be submitted via email to Jenna McGwin of APA’s Research Ethics Office. The deadline for comments is August 1, 2012.