The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee is an independent research review committee mandated by the Animal Welfare Act and the PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (PHS Policy). The current Chairperson of the IACUC is Michael Forster, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience.
The IACUC, through the experience and expertise of its members, is charged with the responsibility to oversee the entire animal care and use program at IACUC. The Committee’s functions include:
- Review and approve, require modifications in (to secure approval), or withhold approval of proposed activities related to the care and use of animals.
- Inspect at least once every six months all of the institution’s animal facilities, including all satellite facilities, using the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (Guide) as the basis for evaluation.
- Review at least once every six months the institution’s program for humane care and use of animals, using the Guide as the basis for evaluation.
- Evaluate the qualifications of research personnel and provide appropriate training and education as deemed necessary.
- Make written recommendations to the Institutional Official regarding any aspect of the institution’s animal program, facilities, or personnel training.
- Suspend activities involving animals if the IACUC determines that the activity is not being conducted in accordance with the institution’s policy and applicable provisions of the USDA Animal Welfare Act Regulations, the PHS Policy, and the Guide.
- Review and investigate reports of potential noncompliance with regulations governing the care and use of laboratory animals and take corrective actions as necessary.