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Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
The composition of the IACUC conforms to the standards set by the National Research Council, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Public Health Services (PHS under which is the NIH-OLAW). The Committee is composed of at least five members appointed by the Provost of the University along with at least two members elected by the Faculty Senate. The IACUC will report directly to the Institutional Official (IO) who shall be the campus Provost or the Representative for the Provost. Composition of the committee includes the following:
The IACUC is responsible for reviewing all research in which vertebrate animals serve as research subjects as well as the use of vertebrate animals in teaching. IACUC oversight covers all use of live vertebrate species in research and teaching, whether in the laboratory or in the wild as a part of field research. Once approved, the IACUC maintains continuing oversight of the approved projects on an on-going basis and requires an annual review and a complete resubmission on a triennial basis to both comply with the regulations as well as to vigilantly oversee the use of animals.
Not only is the IACUC responsible for ensuring that the protocols conform to acceptable standards and regulations, it also ensures that the animal care program is in compliance. In this regard, the IACUC undertakes semi-annual program reviews and facilities inspections. This includes review and oversight over all animal use activities (research and teaching) as well as a review of IACUC policies and procedures to ensure continued adherence to the highest standards of animal care and use. The results of these reviews are communicated to the Institutional Official for his/her consideration and, as necessary, action. Additionally, the reports form the basis for the required annual reporting to the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) and the USDA.
As part of its charge, the IACUC is expected to oversee the program on a continual basis and to report problems to the Institutional Official who should report unapproved variances from the standards of animal care and use promptly to the oversight agencies.
Its many responsibilities can be summarized under six main groupings: