Security and Access Control

Access control into the animal facility managed by the institutional security department is essential for all research animal facilities. Preferably, it should be a digitally controlled system with some type of physical identification feature such as a swipe or transponder proximity card or best of all a biometric reader. Access control within the animal facility to animal rooms and areas within the facility, e.g., biocontainment, may enhance security, but its primary purpose is to manage traffic in the facility. Only people who have a reason to enter a particular area or animal room should have access to that area or room. A key system to accomplish this in a facility with more than a few users is unmanageable. A central processor control system maintained by the animal facility staff provides the most manageable system for most facilities.

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