Stanford University

Welcome to the APLAC website

new guideNEW! The Institute for Laboratory Animal Research of the National Academy of Sciences released the newly revised "Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals: 8th Edition" (Guide) on January 3, 2011. The Guide is an internationally accepted primary reference on animal care and use, and its use is required in the United States by the Public Health Service Policy. It also serves as the primary guidance document that the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International (AAALAC) references when accrediting animal care programs. When AAALAC does their triennial site visit of Stanford University in 2012, they will be using the new standards in the 8th edition of the Guide as a basis for evaluating our program.

To help labs with this transition, the APLAC office has purchased one copy of the Guide for each PD that has an approved APLAC protocol. We will be distributing this free copy of the Guide to labs during semiannual inspections, at future Research Compliance Office Q&A Events, and during on campus office hours (dates and location to be announced). You can also call our office at (650) 723-4550 to arrange to have a copy sent to your lab via interoffice mail. To purchase a personal copy of the Guide, visit the National Academies Press website. A PDF version of the Guide is also available for viewing on the OLAW website.

You can download a copy of a slide presentation (pdf) highlighting the changes to the Guide, and how those changes may impact your APLAC protocols.


According to U.S. federal law, institutions that use laboratory animals for research or instructional purposes must establish an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) to oversee and evaluate all aspects of the institution's animal care and use program. At Stanford, the IACUC is appointed by the University Vice Provost and Dean of Research, and is know as the Administrative Panel on Laboratory Animal Care (APLAC). Stanford's APLAC membership is comprised of faculty, public members, students, and senior staff. The APLAC reports to the Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Research. Stanford's APLAC has received AAALAC accreditation.

All research and teaching activities involving live or dead vertebrate animals use must be reviewed and approved by the APLAC prior to activity commencement. In order to obtain approval for your activities, you'll need to complete and submit an electronic protocol application form, detailing your intended use of animals. In general, protocol applications received by the first of the month will be reviewed at the APLAC meeting that month. Please download the schedule (pdf) for a complete list of deadlines and meeting dates.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
FAQs can be found by clicking on the Protocols link (also found in the left hand column).

Resolution of Animal Care Concerns
Persons may contact (anonymously, if they wish) the Veterinary Service Center (VSC) at (650) 723-3876 or the IACUC Compliance Manager at (650) 736-7065.

For further information, visit the Animal Welfare Concerns page.

Animal Welfare Assurance Number: A3213-01, 5/18/2009 – 5/31/2013
AAALAC Accreditation Date:
March 16, 2010

USDA License Number: 93-R-0004
VA Animal Welfare Assurance Number: A3088-01