Policy

Policy for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals in Experimentation | Policy 14.0

Background

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee provides for and protects the welfare of laboratory animals used for research and pedagogy as set forth by the University and in accordance with the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act) mandated by the Health Research Extension Act of 1985, Public Law 99-158, and its amendments from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 9 CFR 9, Parts 1-3. The committee membership includes faculty, administrators, a veterinarian, and a community representative. The Committee reports to the Administrative Council.

Policy Statement

The use of laboratory animals in research and/or instruction must be in accordance with University procedures as established by the committee.

Implementation

Guidelines for the implementation of Federal and Institutional Policy(ies) follow.

Approvals:
Approved by the ICCULAE - March 4, 1999
Approved by the Administrative Council - April 5, 2000
Approved committee name change to Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)- Sept. 16, 2010

Public Health Service Policy and Government Principles Regarding the Care and Use of Animals

The Public Health Service (PHS) Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals was updated in 1996. In the policy statement, the PHS endorses the U.S. Government Principles for the Utilization and Care of Vertebrate Animals Used in Testing, Research, and Training (reprinted below), which were developed by the Interagency Research Animal Committee. The PHS policy implements and supplements these principles. Information concerning the policy can be obtained from the Office of Research.

Principles for the Care and Use of Animals Used in Testing, Research, and Training

The principles below were prepared by the Interagency Research Animal Committee. This committee, which was established in 1983, serves as a focal point for federal agencies' discussions of issues involving all animals species needed for biomedical research and testing. The committee's principal concerns are the conservation, use, care, and welfare of research animals. Its responsibilities include information exchange, program coordination, and contributions to policy development.

U.S. Government Principles for the Utilization and Care of Vertebrate Animals Used in Testing, Research, and Training

The development of knowledge necessary for the improvement of the health and well-being of humans as well as other animals requires in vivo experimentation with a wide variety of animal species. Whenever U.S. Government agencies develop requirements for testing, research, or training procedures involving the use of vertebrate animals, the following principles shall be considered; and whenever these agencies actually perform or sponsor such procedures, the responsible Institutional Official shall ensure that these principles are adhered to:The transportation, care, and use of animals should be in accordance with the Animal Welfare Act (7 U.S.C. 2131 et seq.) and other applicable Federal laws, guidelines, and policies.*

*For guidance throughout these Principles, the reader is referred to the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals prepared by the Institute of Laboratory Animals Resources, National Academy of Sciences.