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USDA/APHIS RIN: 0579-AE54 Publication ID: Spring 2021 
Title: Research Facility Registration Updates, Continuous Reviews, and Annual Reports 

This final rule will amend the Animal Welfare Act regulations by removing the requirement that research facilities update their registration every 3 years; removing the requirement that research facilities request an inactive status; clarifying the duration of a registration and conditions for termination; replacing the requirement for continuous review of research animal use activities with a complete review of IACUC approved protocols at 3-year intervals; and removing the requirement that the Institutional Official or CEO sign the annual report.

Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 9 CFR 2   
Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 2131 to 2159   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  09/17/2020  85 FR 57998   
NPRM Comment Period End  11/16/2020 
Final Rule  10/00/2021 
Additional Information: Additional information about APHIS and its programs is available on the Internet at
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Carol Clarke
APHIS Animal Care
Department of Agriculture
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
4700 River Road, Unit 84,
Riverdale, MD 20737
Phone:301 851-3724