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Cindy Granier
Administrative Assistant

Biosafety Group Instrumental in UH Retaining AAALAC Accreditation

Houston, April 12, 2019 - The University of Houston has received accreditation by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) for another three years.

One of the requirements for accreditation is a triennial comprehensive review of all animal use areas, facilities and programs, which at UH includes the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and the Animal Care Office.

In March, UH hosted two site evaluators, both of whom are members of the AAALAC Council and animal researchers at their respective institutions. The evaluators commended UH's Lisa Benford and Steven Burns and the other IACUC members for maintaining a stellar facility and program, which they called one of the best in the nation.

UH's Environmental Health and Life Safety Department strives to maintain the highest standards for safety and the use of animals in research. The University has approximately 190 animal use locations across the campus in which the Biosafety Office is responsible for inspecting for safety concerns. There is also a requirement that two Biosafety team members - Benford and Burns - serve on the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, which has oversight of all research animals on campus.

The AAALAC accreditation is a voluntary program that institutions with research animals elect to participate in. Participation demonstrates the University's commitment to achieving excellence in animal care and use, validating the results of research and safety, and complying with the local, state and federal laws that regulate animal research.

About the University of Houston

The University of Houston is a Carnegie-designated Tier One public research university recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the nation's best colleges for undergraduate education. UH serves the globally competitive Houston and Gulf Coast Region by providing world-class faculty, experiential learning and strategic industry partnerships. Located in the nation's fourth-largest city, UH serves more than 46,300 students in the most ethnically and culturally diverse region in the country.