Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
Animal research is monitored by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) on this campus. This committee follows federal regulations from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (for use of certain types of animals), but primarily from a regulatory subdivision of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW). The University of New Orleans Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) provides ongoing oversight of research and teaching activities to ensure that all faculty and staff comply with all Federal and State guidelines concerning the use of animals in research and teaching. The IACUC:
- Reviews and approves animal use protocols. Conducts annual reviews of all approved protocols.
- Assures that investigators and staff are properly trained, and have access to an occupational health program based on risk.
- Insures that all research and teaching activities conform to best practices as defined by The Guide For the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals .
- Inspects all animal care and use facilities at the University to insure compliance with all federal regulations and policies.
- Undertakes semi-Annual Reviews of the University's Animal Care and Use Program.
- Investigates concerns regarding the humane care and use of lab animals at the University.
Concerns regarding the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals at the University of New Orleans can be anonymously reported to: Email complaints and concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org by using a non-UNO email account. The IACUC meets monthly to review protocols. The IACUC includes members from the University as well as members who are unaffiliated with the University and represent the community. All forms and policies may be accessed at the IACUC Sharepoint Site.