Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee/Animal Resource Centers

The principle purposes of the IACUC are to aid investigators, laboratory personal and research facility administrators in the development of sound policies to govern the humaneness of animal experiments and to ensure compliance with current national policies.

Animal welfare:

  • Reviews the institution's program for humane care and use of animals at least once every six months
  • Inspects all of the institution's animal facilities at least once every six months
  • Prepares reports of IACUC evaluations and submits to VP for Research
  • Reviews (investigates) concerns involving care and use of animals
  • Makes recommendations to the VP for Research regarding any aspect of the institution's animal program, facilities, or training.
  • Reviews and approves, requires modifications or withholds approval of those components of research, testing or teaching activities related to the care and use of animals
  • Reviews and approves, requires modifications or withholds approval of proposed significant changes regarding the use of animals in ongoing activities
  • Suspends an activity involving animals for noncompliance
  • Assesses safety risks of animal housing facilities (with Department of Environmental Health and Safety)

Biosafety/Recombinant and Synthetic DNA Molecules:

  • Requires classification of biosafety levels, as appropriate, on submitted protocols
  • Requires review and registration of use of any viruses, bacteria, parasites, as appropriate, for submitted protocols
  • Requests advice on appropriate procedures for safe conduct of animal use involving infectious agents and recombinant DNA
  • Requires review of research proposals and ongoing research for compliance with NIH and CDC guidelines for research with rDNA molecules as needed

Conflict of interest: N/A

Data and safety monitoring: N/A

Education and training:

  • Provides training for all personnel on proposed projects prior to submission of protocol (University Training Coordinator)
  • Provides two documents regarding disease risk for all personnel involved in use of animals
  • Provides required training in the Occupational Health and Safety Program for all personnel involved in the use of animals

Environmental health and safety:

  • Requires Environmental Health & Safety Department review and approval of any use of toxic chemicals, carcinogens, other toxins, as appropriate, for submitted protocols
  • Requires training in the Occupational Health and Safety Program for animal researchers
  • Obtains assessment of safety risks within animal facilities and laboratories
  • Obtains assessment of safety risk in animal housing

Financial management of research: N/A

Human gene transfer: N/A

Human subjects:

Human tissue samples: N/A

Patents and inventions: N/A

Radiation safety:

  • Requires review and approval of use of radioisotopes, as appropriate, for submitted protocols

Sponsored projects administration:

  • Provides assurances of compliance with state, federal, sponsor and University of Utah regulations