OHSU's Primate Center Receives Another Clean Bill of Health

05/20/09  Portland, Ore.

The Oregon National Primate Research Center at Oregon Health & Science University has received another clean bill of health from the United States Department of Agriculture. Approximately twice a year, the USDA conducts unannounced inspections of OHSU's primate center to ensure the facility is in compliance with the Animal Welfare Act.

The latest report, which follows a thorough inspection of ONPRC facilities and records conducted on May 13th and 14, explains: "No noncompliant items identified." This is typical language used in all USDA reports when a facility is found to be in compliance. The primate center has a history of being in compliance with the Animal Welfare Act.

"The inspection results reflect the dedication of our dedicated animal care staff and our center's mission to provide the highest-quality animal care," said Nancy Haigwood, Ph.D., director of the ONPRC. 

The ONPRC is a registered research institution, inspected regularly by the USDA. It operates in compliance with the Animal Welfare Act and has an assurance of regulatory compliance on file with the National Institutes of Health. The ONPRC also participates in the voluntary accreditation program overseen by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC).

A copy of the USDA report is available online at www.ohsu.edu or by contacting Jim Newman at 503 494-8231 or at newmanj@ohsu.edu.


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Oregon Health & Science University is the state's only health and research university, and Oregon's only academic health center. OHSU is Portland's largest employer and the fourth largest in Oregon (excluding government). OHSU's size contributes to its ability to provide many services and community support activities not found anywhere else in the state. It serves patients from every corner of the state, and is a conduit for learning for more than 3,400 students and trainees. OHSU is the source of more than 200 community outreach programs that bring health and education services to every county in the state.