OHSU primate center undergoes federal inspection, receives another clean bill of health

02/08/12  Beaverton, 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, a USDA animal care expert conducts an unannounced, thorough inspection of OHSU’s primate center to ensure the facility is in compliance with the Animal Welfare Act.

The latest report follows an inspection of ONPRC facilities and records on February 1st and 2nd. The one-page report indicates: “No noncompliant items identified during this inspection.” This language is common on USDA reports when a facility is found to have no items requiring correction. The primate center has a history of receiving reports that it is in full compliance with the Animal Welfare Act.

Previous inspection reports are posted online by the primate center.

“These inspections show that our staff care deeply about the animals and work tirelessly to ensure their well being,” said Nancy Haigwood, Ph.D., director of the ONPRC. “The majority of staff at the primate center are involved in caring for the animals and this report demonstrates their hard work and dedication.”


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).