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Animal Research (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. Animal, as defined by the Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, is defined as any live, vertebrate animal used or intended for use in research, research training, experimentation, or biological testing or for related purpose. 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 2017 semester.

INITIAL SUBMISSION DATE

REVISIONS

DUE

IACUC MEETING DATE

August 29, 2017

September 5, 2017

September 12, 2017

October 31, 2017 November 7, 2017 November 14, 2017

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.

IACUC INSPECTION DATES - Fall 2017

September 13, 2017 - on campus facility inspections

September 14, 2017 - off campus facility inspections

IACUC Forms (PDF)

For best functionality, we recommend that you save this form to your computer, and open with Adobe Reader. Mac computers will default to open this in Preview, which will not allow you to type in the form. If Adobe Reader is not installed on your computer, it is free and available at https://get.adobe.com/reader/.

Animal Subjects Protocol Long Form - recommended for more complex studies that involve diet manipulation, pain and distress, surgery, and/or drug administration.
Animal Subjects Protocol Short Form - recommended for less complex studies. If the study involves diet manipulation, pain and distress, surgery or drug administration, you may add individual appendices as needed (see below).
Animal Subjects Additional Personnel Appendix
Animal Subject Disaster Plan Form

Short Form Appendices:
Animal Subjects Diet Manipulation Appendix
Animal Subjects Pain and Distress Appendix - please consult with attending veterinarian prior to use.
Animal Subjects Surgery Appendix
Animal Subjects Drug Administration Appendix

IACUC Training Requirements

The online training course, "Working with the IACUC", provided by the University of Miami's Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) is required for all members of the research team. Other courses specific to the research may also be recommended. If you experience difficulty using the CITI website, please check to see if you are using a current version (issued within last 3-4 years) of one of the following browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Safari.

Instructions on how to register for IACUC training (PDF)

IACUC Contact Information:

IACUC@uncw.edu or 910-962-7774