AAALAC Site Visit 2018:

Continued Full Accreditation


With great appreciation to researchers, IACUC members, veterinarians, EH&S and IACUC specialists, we announce that AAALAC has finalized their review of UCSF’s animal care and use program and granted Continued Full Accreditation.


This is what they said in informing us of our continued accreditation:


The Council commends you and the staff for providing and maintaining an excellent program of laboratory animal care and use. Especially noteworthy were the experienced, dedicated, and knowledgeable Laboratory Animal Research Center (LARC) staff; the well maintained and clean facilities, including the aged buildings; the consistent application of room signage, particularly with respect to the presence of health hazards; the room husbandry logs that were very easily understood and were reviewed regularly; the open, collegial atmosphere that facilitated excellent communication among the LARC and research staff; the high level of engagement by you; the active and engaged Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC); the very detailed training records; the robust Environmental Health and Safety program that included a system of Departmental Safety Advisors and a strong plan for communication of information related to hazards; the integrated and effective electronic compliance and management tracking system (the RIO system); the excellent overall level of care for large animals; the outstanding program of veterinary medical care; the recruitment of an environmental enrichment specialist; the comprehensive training program for rodent surgery; and the overall institutional commitment to animal care program improvements and enhancements. The Council is pleased to inform you that the program conforms with AAALAC International standards as set forth by the Guidefor the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, NRC 2011. Therefore, FULL ACCREDITATION  shall continue.


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