lab animals

Protocol Review Process

ANY USE OF VERTEBRATE ANIMALS MUST BE REVIEWED AND APPROVED BY THE IACUC BEFORE A PROJECT IS INITIATED.

Protocol form

  • Use this form for all animal use proposals and three-year renewals.
  • Fill out all of the questions on this form completely.
  • Attach the appropriate appendices.

Protocols involving biological / chemical / radioactivity / recombinant DNA

  • Refer to the Hazardous Agents Policy and the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) guidelines.
  • Approval for animal protocols involving hazardous biological or chemical substances, radioactive, or recombinant DNA will NOT be extended until the IACUC receives approval from the IBC.

Consultation

  • It is recommended that you send your completed application to the IACUC Administrator at IACUC@uwlax.edu for a pre-review to prevent delays during the review process.
  • This should be done approximately two weeks before the protocol submission deadline.

Submission

  • Deadline - first business day of the month
  • Submit the completed forms to IACUC@uwlax.edu in a Word document prior to the submission deadline for review at that month's IACUC meeting.
  • The committee meets the second week of the month.

Personnel Requirements

The IACUC Administrator will withhold final approval of your protocol until the following two requirements have been met:

  1. All research personnel working with animals must submit a Risk Assessment Form.
  2. All research personnel working with animals must complete all required training.

Once approved

  • The protocol will be reviewed on an annual basis for two years.
  • At the end of the third approval year, the protocol will expire and will need to be resubmitted to IACUC for approval consideration.

Changes in methods, number of animals, or personnel

  • Any changes to an approved protocol require the submission of a protocol amendment form.
  • Changes may not be implemented prior to IACUC review and approval.
  • Amendment forms: