Abbott’s laboratory animal research programs and facilities meet or exceed U.S. and European Union regulations, as well as those in other countries. For more than 35 years, Abbott also has maintained accreditation from the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC), the organization that helps ensure optimal practices as set forth in the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and other international standards and regulations for animal welfare. AAALAC accreditation is entirely voluntary and is widely considered to be the preferred method to meet and maintain high standards of animal care and use.
Abbott’s Corporate Animal Welfare Committee, comprised of animal welfare experts from across the company, guides our position and global policies on animal use. Moreover, Abbott’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee serves as a review board that independently evaluates and approves our internal scientific protocols before animal studies can begin.
Abbott’s Global Animal Welfare Policies guide our internal processes and protocols. Our work with animal-related suppliers and contract laboratories is guided by both our Global Animal Welfare Policies and Abbott’s Supplier Guidelines – including the expectation that animal use in any testing or process should occur only after alternative methods have been fully explored and rejected. We work with contract laboratories that are either accredited by AAALAC or we perform welfare assessments to ensure they meet our high standards for animal care
To complement our own efforts, Abbott also has provided funds in recent years to a number of organizations focused on promoting the 3Rs and raising awareness of the importance of responsible biomedical research.