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Policies and Procedures Manual

Central Washington University Policies and Procedures

Governing the Use of Animals in Research and Teaching

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

Central Washington University

400 East University Way

Ellensburg , WA 98926-7510

(509) 963-3101

Dr. April Binder, Chair: 963-2803 /iacuc

This document is intended to provide the local policies and procedures

that supplement the ARENA/OLAW IACUC Guidebook.

Table of Contents

Section Topic

1. CWU Policies and Procedures for the Care and Use of Animals in Research and Teaching

A. CWU and the PHS Assurance

B. Implications for CWU Policy and Procedures

C. University Policy for the Care and Use of Animals


2. Legal and Ethical Considerations in Animal Research

A. Federal Laws

B. State Laws

C. Ethical Principles

D. CWU Ethical Principles


3. Who Must Submit a Clearance Form for the Use of Animals?

A. Introduction

B. University Researchers

C. Course Learning Activities

(CWU Guidelines for Student Research and Class Projects with Animals)


4. Investigator and Animal Handler Training

A. Introduction

B. Training Opportunities


5. The IACUC Review Process:

A. Introduction

B. Full Committee Review

C. Designated Reviewer Review

D. IACUC Review Criteria

E. Conflicts of Interest

F. Appeal of IACUC Decisions


6. Guidelines for Preparing Animal Research Materials

A. General Suggestions

B. Instructions/Annotated Clearance Form


7. Applications for Continuation of Approval (i.e., Continuing Review)

A. Introduction

B. Renewal Procedures


8. Requests for Approval of Modifications in Study Procedures

A. Introduction

B. Definitions and Examples

C. Project Modification Procedures

D. Additional Information


9. Reporting Concerns about the Care and Use of Animals

A. Introduction

B. Procedures for Reporting Concerns About the Care and Use of Animals


10. Investigator Compliance with CWU Policy and the Federal Regulations

A. Introduction

B. Noncompliance Complaints

C. Noncompliance Procedures


11. The Veterinarian and the Animal Care Program

A. Introduction

B. The Role of the Attending Veterinarian

C. Essential Components of a Veterinary Care Program


Appendix A Glossary of Acronyms and Abbreviations

Appendix B The Regulations

A. PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (includes:)

B. Health Research Extension Act of 1985, P.L. 99-158 "Animals in Research"

C. U.S. Government Principles for the Utilization and Care of Vertebrate Animals Used in Testing, Research and Training.

D. Animal Welfare Act P.L. 89-544 as amended

E. Animal Welfare Regulations (USDA) 9 CFR

F. Other Relevant Federal and State Regulations


Appendix C Guidance Documents for Research with Animals

A. Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals

B. ARENA/OLAW Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Guidebook (2002)

C. Institutional Administrator's Guide for Animal Care and Use


Appendix D Animal Care Program

Veterinarian's Primary Responsibilities

Appendix E Forms Used by Investigators

A. Initial Application

B. Project Modification Request Form


Appendix F Sample Documents Used by IACUC Office

A. Checklists for Semiannual Program Review

B. Checklists for Semiannual Facilities Review


Appendix G Resources for Investigators and IACUC Members

A. General Internet Resources

B. Alternatives to Animal Use


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