Resources for Working With Animals in Research
All animal use in research is legally governed by the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW), and this is the organization that our IACUC reports to. All policies that researchers and the IACUC must follow are described in the Guide. The IACUC not only reviews and approves research protocols, it also has the responsibility of monitoring research activities and addressing animal welfare concerns. The IACUC can suspend research that is not in compliance with an approved protocol or that is being conducted without an approved protocol.
Suspension of Animal Activities
The IACUC is empowered to suspend a project if it finds noncompliance with the PHS Policy, Guide , Assurance, or violations of the Animal Welfare Regulations. Suspension may occur only after review of the matter at a convened meeting of a quorum of the IACUC, and with the suspension vote of a majority of the quorum present. Further, the IACUC must consult with the IO regarding the reasons for the suspension. The IO is required to take appropriate corrective action and report the action and the circumstances surrounding the suspension to OLAW. Because an IACUC action to suspend a project is a serious matter, the action must be reported to OLAW promptly. Additional information can be found on the Reporting Noncompliance webpage.