An Introduction to Conducting Animal Research at TNPRC: Oversight and the IACUC. Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee [email protected] IACUC.
Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee
The charge of an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee as mandated by NIH’s Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare and the USDA is to ensure the humane care and use of animals used in research and compliance with guidelines and regulations.
Federal Animal Welfare Act
published in 1963 under the auspices of the Animal Care Panel as the “Guide for Laboratory Animal Facilities and Care” . It provides standards for the care and use of research animals. (Laboratory Animal Medicine ACLAM series)
The Guide focuses on-
Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals
Public Health Service (PHS) Policy
on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals
Applies to any institution receiving PHS funds for vertebrate animal research
Institutions with an “Assurance” must:
United States Government Principles for the Utilization and Care of Vertebrate Animals used in Testing, Research, and Training
A minimum of five members
It is Tulane’s institutional policy that no one may implement changes categorized as significant prior to IACUC review and approval
Significant Changes -many times will require a new protocol
All IACUC approved research is scheduled through DVM