ABOUT THE UCSF ANIMAL
CARE & USE PROGRAM
IACUC | LARC |
IACUC Members Only |
in Research Involving Animal Subjects |
ABOUT THE INSTITUTIONAL ANIMAL CARE AND USE
Comprised of faculty
members, veterinarians, and at least one representative of the
public, the IACUC oversees all UCSF research and instruction that
involves vertebrate animals, in order to ensure that the highest
ethical and animal welfare standards are met.
The IACUC reviews
all animal projects for compliance with the requirements of the
Animal Welfare Act and Regulations, the NIH Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory
Animals, the Public Health Service Policy on the Humane Care and
Use of Laboratory Animals, and UCSF Policies and Guidelines, and may suspend
any activity involving animals which violates approved animal
welfare regulations, policies, and procedures.
Twice a year,
the IACUC also conducts inspections of all UCSF animal facilities,
all aspects of UCSF’s animal care and use program, and submits
reports and recommendations to the Executive Vice Chancellor.
The IACUC coordinates training, compliance and
occupational health programs. The IACUC offers standardized introductory
training, and customized programs for people who work with animals,
and consults with researchers preparing animal studies. IACUC staff
also conduct in-lab reviews and compliance audits of ongoing projects,
and provide staff support for government (USDA) and campus (IACUC)
inspections. The IACUC works with Occupational Health Services to ensure that all individuals with animal contact are
trained and monitored for prevention of animal-associated injuries,
illnesses and infections.