About the IACUC
The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee is charged by Federal regulations and accreditation standards to assure that the use of live, vertebrate animals in research, testing, teaching or related activities is scientifically justified; that all animals intended for use in those activities are provided humane care and treatment, including appropriate veterinary medical care; that procedures are designed to minimize or avoid pain, distress and discomfort; and that all personnel involved in the use of animals have received appropriate training to conduct the procedures and care for the animals.
The IACUC is composed of scientists, non-scientists, veterinarians and community members appointed by the Vice Chancellor for Research, and oversees all aspects of the Animal Care and Use program at UCI.
Do You Need IACUC Review/Approval?
Federal animal welfare regulations, U.S. Public Health Service Policy and UCI Policy require that all activities involving the use of live vertebrate animals used or intended for use in research, research training, experimentation, biological testing or for related purposes be reviewed and approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. Some proposed uses of animals are not so clear-cut, such as:
- Production of custom antibodies: May require review, depending on how the antibodies are created.
- Use of tissue from dead animals: Usually does not require separate review, but it can depend on certain factors.
- Use of animals for demonstrations, exhibitions, etc: Varies on a case by case basis
When in doubt, complete the Determination of Need for IACUC Review form and send it to IACUC@uci.edu.