IACUC News

Post-Approval Monitoring

In an effort to better serve our research community, the IACUC announces the reinstitution of our Post Approval Monitoring, or PAM program. The purpose of this program is two-fold.  First, the IACUC has the responsibility to conduct continuing review of approved activities to ensure regulatory compliance. Second, and more importantly, the IACUC has both the obligation and privilege to support our research community, to further the strategic plan and fundamental goals of the University, and to provide the best care possible for the animal models so vital to these efforts. The IACUC would like to take this opportunity to stress that this program is not designed to identify and punish noncompliance or to become the “animal police.”  Rather it is to identify and foster positive behavior leading to a collaborative atmosphere where the ultimate goal is to promote, encourage, and support outstanding animal-based research.  Continue reading in “Chair’s Letter”

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IACUC Adds Mandatory Training Requirements
The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, the Animal Welfare Act, PHS Policy, and Emory’s PHS Assurance require that all personnel involved in the handling and experimental manipulation of animals are required to be adequately trained.  Two areas of additional training is now mandatory in order to comply with regulatory standards.

  • CO2 Euthanasia of Rats and Mice:  In response to a change of procedures regarding CO2 euthanasia in rats and mice in the AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2013 Edition, all personnel responsible for performing CO2 euthanasia of rats and mice must take additional training provided by the animal facilities on this procedure.  The IACUC has set a deadline of July 1, 2014, to complete this training.  The use of flowmeters is one of the new requirements.  Please contact the training coordinators at the Division of Animal Resources at Yerkes (Jennifer McMillan) and on Main Campus (Amy Dryman) for scheduling this training.
  • Breeding Rats and Mice:  In response to increasing cases of "near misses" and weanling deaths due to weaning practices, the IACUC created the policy "Weaning Rats and Mice" now in effect.  This policy sets the standards of expectations of the IACUC when weaning.  Along with this policy, all personnel responsible for maintaining breeding colonies of rats and/or mice must take additional training provided by the animal facilities on this procedure.  The IACUC has set a deadline of September 1, 2014, to complete this training.  Please contact the training coordinators at the Division of Animal Resources at Yerkes (Jennifer McMillan) and on Main Campus (Amy Dryman) for scheduling this training.

For both of these new mandatory trainings, all personnel on existing IACUC approved protocols responsible for maintaining breeding colonies or for performing CO2 euthanasia on rats and mice are required to meet the deadlines above.  For amendments to existing approved protocols adding new personnel, the approval of the amendment will be delayed until the appropriate training has been completed.  For all new protocols and 3 year renewals, approval of the protocol will also be delayed until all training has been completed.

IACUC Implements New Online Training Resource
The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, the Animal Welfare Act, PHS Policy, and Emory’s PHS Assurance require that all personnel involved in the handling and experimental manipulation of animals are required to be adequately trained.  The Principal Investigator (PI) of each animal care and use protocol assures the IACUC that all personnel listed on the protocol with responsibilities of animal handling, performing animal procedures, or animal care are adequately trained.  To assist the PIs with this responsibility, the IACUC has implemented the AALAS Learning Library (ALL) as the online resource to be used for mandatory IACUC training as well as to augment animal training of  research personnel, students, facility staff, and IACUC members. Continue reading in Online Training