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 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 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 enroll in the Occupational Health and Safety Program.
  2. All research personnel working with animals must review and pass all applicable online training tutorials.

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: