Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) must approve any use of live vertebrate animals in research and teaching at Central Washington University. The IACUC has the broader goals of (1) reducing the number of animals used and minimizing any discomfort they may experience, (2) helping researchers seek alternatives to animal-based models, and (3) protecting the health and safety of those involved in research with animals. Responsibilities of the IACUC are federally mandated and include (but are not limited to) reviewing protocols, inspecting animal care facilities, ensuring all research personnel are appropriately trained, and investigating/reporting noncompliance. Committee members include a veterinarian, practicing scientists experienced in research involving animals, a nonscientist, and a community member who represents the public interest.

Requirements for Animal Research

A number of requirements must be met by any individual wishing to be involved in activities with live vertebrate animals:

**Note: The IACUC will not issue approval of new protocol submissions until all listed personnel have completed the above requirements. The IACUC will not issue approval for a new individual (student, faculty, or staff) to take part in animal activities listed under a previously approved protocol until the PI has added that individual as an amendment/modification to their protocol and that individual has completed the above requirements.**

To maintain approval on an existing protocol, PIs must notify submit any modifications to their protocol for IACUC review. This includes changes in personnel, number or species of animals used, etc. They must also submit Annual Review forms (for protocols lasting longer than one year) and Final Report forms, which can be accessed in IRB Manager.

IACUC Basics

What do I have to do to use vertebrate animals in research or teaching?
To start, you need to submit a protocol application describing the proposed activities, specifying the number of animals to be used, and justifying the use of vertebrate animals for your work. The IACUC will not approve proposed activities until the above requirements have been met by all personnel listed under the protocol.

Why do I have to do this?
As a society, we have a responsibility to protect animals from unnecessary stress and suffering. To this end, federal regulations mandate that all institutions have an IACUC to review all use of live vertebrate animals in research and teaching.

Who needs to submit a protocol application?
All faculty, students, or staff conducting research or teaching that involves live vertebrate animals must have prior IACUC approval.

When do I have to do this?
Approval of a protocol application must occur prior to the start of research or teaching activities involving vertebrate animals, meaning applications should be submitted well before the intended start date for those activities. To help ensure timely review of a protocol, refer to the Protocol Submission Deadlines for each month.

How do I start the protocol application process?
Log into IRB Manager and under Forms seelct New IACUC application.  

For further information, contact:

Dr. April Binder, IACUC Chair

Sandy Martinez, Research Compliance Administrator

Central Washington University
Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
400 East University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7510

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