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Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise:
Policy Statement of the American College of Sports Medicine on Research with Experimental Animals

POLICY STATEMENT OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SPORTS MEDICINE ON RESEARCH WITH EXPERIMENTAL ANIMALS

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The ability of science to enhance the well-being of humans and animals depends directly on advancements made possible by research, much of which requires the use and availability of experimental animals. Therefore, all who propose to use animals for research, education, or testing purposes must assume the responsibility for their general welfare. It is essential to recognize and to appreciate that the intent of scientific research is to provide results that will advance knowledge for the general and specific benefits of humans and animals. To accomplish these goals, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) will support research of high scientific merit that includes the use of experimental animals.

Before the college will consider supporting research projects, the College must receive written assurances from the institution that the policies and procedures detailed in the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals as published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and proclaimed in the Animal Welfare Act (PL89-544, PL91-979, and PL94-279) are policy of the institution. Furthermore, the ACSM endorses the rules, procedures, and recommendations for the care of laboratory animals as advocated by the American Association for Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC). Support for research and publication of research findings by the ACSM require that the institution where the research was conducted confirm it has filed a National Institutes of Health assurance and/or has AAALAC approved facilities.

©1996The American College of Sports Medicine

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