Research Compliance

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Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

In order to ensure the humane care and use of live, vertebrate animals, UNCW has its own federally mandated Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). According to UNCW IACUC policy, all research projects conducted by UNCW researchers (including student research) involving live, vertebrate animals must be approved by the IACUC. Sponsored Programs and Research Compliance (SPARC) will not accept funding for this type of research from an external agency without documentation of IACUC approval.

Faculty members from a variety of scientific and non-scientific disciplines and at least one community representative serve on this university committee to review and approve research projects involving live, vertebrate animals. SPARC is the administrative office that coordinates the activities of the IACUC.

IACUC Meeting Schedule and Submission Deadlines

The IACUC typically meets twice each semester to review protocols subject to full committee review. Please see important dates below for the next IACUC meeting of the Fall 2016 semester.





August 29, 2016

September 6, 2016

September 12, 2016

October 31, 2016 November 7, 2016
November 14, 2016

Please note: According to UNCW IACUC policy, when an IACUC protocol is initially submitted,it is forwarded to the attending veterinarian (AV) for review. The AV will send the principal investigator a consultation form within a few days. The researcher should take the AV's comments under consideration and revise the protocol appropriately. If the researcher makes revisions to the protocol, the revised protocol must be submitted by the scheduled revision date to assure review during the desired meeting date. Researchers should plan accordingly to avoid delays. The IACUC hopes this new procedure will allow for smoother reviews during scheduled meetings.


September 13, 2016 - on campus facility inspections

September 14, 2016 - off campus facility inspections

IACUC Contact Information:

IACUC Coordinator: Lee Prete, 910-962-7774,

IACUC Officials:

IACUC Co-Chair: Dr. Raymond Pitts,, 910-962-7293

IACUC Co-Chair:  Dr. Fred Scharf,, 910-962-7796

Institutional Official: Dr. Ron Vetter,, 910-962-3224