from: About AAALAC

“AAALAC International is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes the humane treatment of animals in science through voluntary accreditation and assessment programs. AAALAC stands for the "Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care."

More than 925 companies, universities, hospitals, government agencies and other research institutions in 40 countries have earned AAALAC accreditation, demonstrating their commitment to responsible animal care and use. These institutions volunteer to participate in AAALAC's program, in addition to complying with the local, state and federal laws that regulate animal research.”

Every three years, the University of Maryland Animal Care Program is assessed for reaccreditation by AAALAC, which sends a multidisciplinary team to visit all of our facilities, review our documentation, and interact with faculty, staff and students doing work on animal research projects. For more information, please see the AAALAC FAQs below.


Every 3 years, a team from the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International (AAALAC) visits the University of Maryland, College Park animal facilities. During these site visits, the AAALAC team reviews our policies and procedures, walks-through our facilities, and asks a number of questions. In an effort to help you understand what to expect and what kinds of things may need special attention in your lab or facility in preparation for AAALAC visits, we provide the documents here.

We greatly appreciate all of the efforts made toward this accreditation process – your help is invaluable! If you have questions, please feel free to contact the IAUCUC office, or the Office of the Attending Veterinarian.