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Committee Responsibilities


The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is a federally mandated committee appointed by the Institutional Official to oversee the care and use of animals at Colorado State University. The Institutional Official for Colorado State University is the Vice President for Research. The Vice President for Research is authorized to legally commit that Colorado State University will abide by the federal requirements related to the care and use of animals by this university. The IACUC must have at least 5 members including: the Chair of the committee, a veterinarian, a scientist, a non-scientist and community representative (who is a non-animal user). While an individual can fulfill more than one role, there must be at least 5 members. Colorado State University's IACUC memberships exceeds the minimum federal requirements. The Research Integrity and Compliance Review Office provides administrative support for the IACUC.

Responsibilities of the Animal Care and Use Committee

The key responsibilities of the Colorado State University IACUC are:

  • Review at least once every 6 months the animal care program.
  • Inspect at least once every 6 months all animal facilities and animal use areas.
  • Prepare and submit reports of the evaluations to the Vice President for Research.
  • Review and if necessary investigate concerns involving care and use of animals at Colorado State University.
  • Make recommendations to the Vice President for Research regarding any aspect of the animal care program, facilities or personnel training.
  • Review and approve, require modifications in (to secure approval) or withhold approval of proposed activities involving care and use of animals.
  • Review and approve, require modifications in (to secure approval) or withhold approval of proposed significant changes (amendments) to ongoing activities involving care and use of animals.
  • Notify investigators in writing of its decision to approve or withhold approval of activities related to animal care and use.
  • Conduct continuing review of previously approved activities related to care and use of animals.
  • Is authorized to suspend previously approved activities in accordance with federal guidelines.

For additional information on the IACUC click here.

 

Last updated February 21, 2014