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Animal Research Mandatory Reporting Bill Introduced in California State Legislature

By Brett Johnson
March 20, 2019

Assembly Bill (AB) 889, introduced by Assemblymember Brian Maienschein, would require detailed reporting on animals used in research in California. The total number of animals kept during the previous year and the purposes for which each animal was used would be required to be reported, and the State Department of Public Health would be required to make that information publicly available online in a searchable database. The bill would also remove the exemption for persons who keep or use animals for training, such as veterinary schools, or in cosmetics research, among other things.

This bill is sponsored by the organizations Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and Social Compassion in Legislation. The proponents of this bill contend that there is no state or federal system for accurate reporting of animals used in research and assert only ten percent of the animals used in the research are covered by the Federal Animal Welfare Act.

The institutions conducting research across the state recognize the need for ensuring humane care for the laboratory animals in the research and assure they are in compliance with the Animal Welfare Act. In its current form, this bill could prove detrimental to the research being done and could impede progress in the biomedical field. Therefore, CLSA has taken an oppose position on the bill and has begun having discussions with our member companies and the author’s office.

The bill has been referred to the Assembly Health Committee but, as of the time of this writing, has not yet been given a hearing date. CLSA will be closely monitoring this legislation going forward and asks any CLSA members who would like to provide input or would like further information to reach out to Oliver Rocroi, CLSA’s Vice President of State Government Relations (orocroi@califesciences.org) or Brett Johnson, CLSA’s Senior Director of Policy & Regulatory Affairs (bjohnson@califesciences.org).