Reporting and Oversight

One of the agencies overseeing our animal research program is the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The USDA performs different types of inspections including unannounced, routine annual inspections, and focused inspections.

Focused inspections generally occur after the University’s Division of Laboratory Animal Resources self-reports noncompliance in one of its labs. These issues of non-compliance can range in severity, and may include things like mislabeled paperwork. Any time noncompliance is discovered, the self-report filed also includes steps taken to immediately correct the issue and prevent it from happening in the future. Often, this includes retraining or new processes, but may include things up to and including the termination of staff.

Reports from these inspections are all publicly available on the USDA’s website. To increase transparency and provide additional information about the process, we have also provided them on this page. Throughout six years and 16 inspections, Pitt has received one noncritical violation and two critical violations. In each case, the University took swift action to correct the violation and prevent future occurrences.

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Pitt's USDA Inspection Reports (PDFs):

September 15, 2020

July 8, 2019 (1)
July 8, 2019 (2)

April 17, 2019 (1)
April 17, 2019 (2)

May 10, 2018 (1)
May 10, 2018 (2)

March 9, 2017

March 3, 2017

February 28, 2017

May 24, 2016 (1)
May 24, 2016 (2)

August 20, 2015 (1)
August 20, 2015 (2)

June 24, 2014

May 13, 2014