Animal Program Assurance, Accreditation, and Certifications

Links to New York State Department of Health certificate; Cornell's animal welfare assurance; USDA registration; and AAALAC International Accreditation information. 

New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) must grant approval to research institutions to conduct scientific tests, experiments, or investigations involving the use of living animals. A yearly inspection is performed by an NYSDOH inspector and a certificate of approval is provided.

2024 NYSDOH Certificate


Cornell University has an approved Animal Welfare Assurance on file with OLAW: Assurance #D16-00225 (Legacy Assurance No.: A3347-01)

The Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) has responsibility and oversight for the approval of animal welfare assurances for institutions. Public Health Services (PHS) awarding units (NIH, CDC, FDA, etc.), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) may NOT make an award for an activity involving animals unless the participating institution(s) have approved assurances on file with OLAW, and the institution has verification of approval by the IACUC for the components of the proposal related to the care and use of animals.

The Animal Welfare Assurance provides (1) a commitment that the institution will comply with the PHS Policy, with the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, and with the Animal Welfare Regulations; (2) a description of the institution's program for animal care and use; and (3) a designation of the Institutional Official responsible for compliance.

Cornell University (Ithaca Campus and associated satellite facilities) is a registered research facility with the United States Department of Agriculture, USDA, under the terms of the Animal Welfare Act (7 U.S.C. 2131 et seq.). The Certificate Number is 21-R-0119.

Cornell University (Ithaca Campus and associated satellite facilities) is accredited by The Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC International). Cornell University initially achieved AAALAC International accreditation in 1977. The most recent AAALAC International accreditation site visit and program review occurred in June 2021.