is an IACUC?
is an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. IACUCs
are required by Federal law to oversee the humane care
and treatment of laboratory animals. Miami's IACUC membership
is comprised of faculty, public members and senior staff.
The IACUC is appointed by the President of the University
and reports to the Associate Provost for Research.
has to file a laboratory animal protocol?
Investigators/Researchers who propose to use vertebrate
animals in teaching or research activities.
can I get assistance with writing a protocol?
- For technical
assistance, e.g., housing requirements, anesthesia, euthanasia,
contact the Director of Animal Facilities at 529-5435.
- For general
assistance, policy and procedures, contact the OARS Office
kinds of species are covered (which require protocol review)?
Health Service regulations: All warm & cold-blooded
vertebrates, both in the field and the laboratory, e.g.,
fish, salamanders, birds, mice, rabbits, etc.
should be listed on a protocol?
staff, students, and visiting scholars using animals should
be listed. Ask your Principal Investigator/Researcher
or department administrator for instructions. New personnel
should be added to a protocol prior to their use of laboratory
is the timetable for Protocol submission?
can be submitted as needed but a minimum of 30 days should
be allowed before initiation of the project.
NSF and many other agencies allow for"Just-In-Time"
review whereby following indication from a granting agency
that a proposal is likely to be funded, researchers can
submit protocols for review as long as approval is attained
prior to using animals in research. If a project will
be using methods, species, numbers of animals, or facilities
that are unusual to the Miami research program, it would
be wise to broach these topics with the IACUC chair or
Director of Animal Facilities before submitting the grant
application to the funding agency.
long is a protocol approved?
approval is valid for a maximum of three years.
I need to attend the training course?
personnel are expected to attend the general introductory
training course and complete the AALAS online training