Use of Animals in Research

The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery recognizes the use of animals in research has enabled many of the medical and surgical treatments now available to the field of otolaryngology and surgery of the head and neck. The AAO-HNS support the judicious and appropriate use of animals in research for the advancement of medical knowledge and the development of novel surgical and medical interventions. 

The AAO-HNS support for the use of animals in research is predicated on the humane and ethical treatment of the animals. The AAO-HNS stresses adherence to all appropriate federal, state, local, and institutional laws and guidelines that regulate the use of animals in research. Studies employing animals should undergo institutional review and institutions are encouraged to seek certification from a qualified accrediting association.

The AAO HNS recognizes replacing all animal utilization is not feasible while continuing to develop advanced therapies for the most complex disorders of the Head and Neck. When possible, simulation technology, in vitro techniques, and detailed review of available literature should be utilized to reduce the number of animals impacted, optimize the overall investigation, and when possible replace animal usage.

Adopted 3/2/1991
Reaffirmed 6/9/2001
Revised 9/28/2013

Important Disclaimer Notice

Position statements are approved by the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, Inc. or Foundation (AAO-HNS/F) Boards of Directors and are typically generated from AAO-HNS/F committees. Once approved by the Academy or Foundation Board of Directors, they become official position statements and are added to the existing position statement library. In no sense do they represent a standard of care. The applicability of position statements, as guidance for a procedure, must be determined by the responsible physician in light of all the circumstances presented by the individual patient. Adherence to these clinical position statements will not ensure successful treatment in every situation. As with all AAO-HNS/F guidance, this position statement should not be deemed inclusive of all proper treatment decisions or methods of care, nor exclusive of other treatment decisions or methods of care reasonably directed to obtaining the same results.

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