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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an IACUC?

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.

Who has to file a laboratory animal protocol?

All Principal Investigators/Researchers who propose to use vertebrate animals in teaching or research activities.

Where 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 at 9-3600.

What kinds of species are covered (which require protocol review)?

Per Public Health Service regulations: All warm & cold-blooded vertebrates, both in the field and the laboratory, e.g., fish, salamanders, birds, mice, rabbits, etc.

Who should be listed on a protocol?

All faculty, 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 animals.

What is the timetable for Protocol submission?

Protocols can be submitted as needed but a minimum of 30 days should be allowed before initiation of the project.

Note: NIH, 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.

How long is a protocol approved?

Protocol approval is valid for a maximum of three years.

Do I need to attend the training course?

All new personnel are expected to attend the general introductory training course and complete the AALAS online training




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