The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
(IACUC) does not review
does require that
each proposal be reviewed and approved for scientific merit before
IACUC approval is given for animals to be used. This review may
be conducted by the Departmental Review Committee (DRC) of
the Principal Investigator (PI), the NIH or one of the
other agencies on the
List of Funding Agencies That Conduct Acceptable Scientific
Full Committee applications must include documentation of current
scientific merit review and approval from one of the listed
or from the appropriate DRC.
Departmental Review: If a Departmental Review
Committee provides the scientific merit review, the PI must
this by submitting the Scientific
Merit Review Form to the IACUC which includes signatures
from three departmental review committee members, or an adaptation thereof, as long as the three signatures are
included. Departments may refer to the Departmental Review Guidance Document for information on conducting scientific merit review.
If you have questions, please contact your department chair.
Upload your completed scientific merit review form directly into the "documents" section of your RIO protocol or email to: email@example.com.
NIH Review: If the study is NIH funded, provide a copy of the vertebrate animals section of the NIH grant application and a copy of the grant award letter.
The NIH requires the IACUC to perform a protocol grant comparison to ensure that the activity in the grant matches the protocol. Provide the grant number in Section A. Funding of your RIO application. Upload the NIH documents in RIO or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: If the proposal has been
submitted to the NIH and scientific review is pending, the PI
may submit the
application "as is" for review by IACUC, but approval
to release animals will not be granted until the results of
review are received in the IACUC office. Alternatively, PI's with pending NIH grants may submit a completed Scientific
Merit Review Form to the IACUC.
IACUC List of Funding Agencies That Conduct
Acceptable Scientific Merit Review: To propose adding
a funding agency to the IACUC List of Funding Agencies That
Scientific Merit Review, send the agency name (and address, if
available) by email to email@example.com.
If you have questions, please call the IACUC Office at 415-476-2197.