Animal Care and Use

 

Policy Summary

The university requires the highest standards of humane care and use of laboratory animals in compliance with applicable laws, regulations, guidelines, accreditation standards, policies and procedures. Vertebrate animals may be used in research, testing or teaching only with the prior approval of the GW Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). 

Related Regulations

Animal Welfare Act (7 U.S.C. § 2131 et. seq.) 

Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC) 

National Institutes of Health, Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) 

National Research Council Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals 

Occupational Health and Safety in the Care and Use of Research Animals 

Public Health Service (PHS) Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals 

U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal Welfare Act Regulations (9 C.F.R. Chapter 1, Subchapter A) 

Who is Governed by this Policy 

  • Students
  • Staff
  • Faculty

Policy

The care and use, or intended use, of animals in research, testing or teaching must comply with all applicable laws, regulations, guidelines, accreditation standards, policies and procedures.  

The Associate Vice President for Research Integrity serves as the Institutional Official for GW’s animal care and use program and oversees the activities of the IACUC and the Office of Animal Research (OAR) in accordance with applicable requirements. Investigators must obtain IACUC approval prior to using vertebrate animals in research, testing or teaching and must adhere to the approved protocol in carrying out their activities. Investigators must comply with all other applicable IACUC, OAR, and university requirements, including, for example, requirements regarding protocol changes, continuing review, training, access, purchasing, and occupational health and safety.  

Definitions

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) – Local working group that research facilities must appoint in accordance with the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.  

Procedures

Information regarding forms and procedures is available at the Office of Animal Research website.

Contacts

Contact Phone Number Email Address
Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)  202-994-2871  [email protected]
Office of Animal Research (OAR)  202-994-2871  [email protected]

Responsible University Official: Associate Vice President, Research Integrity
Responsible Office: Office of the Vice President for Research

Last Reviewed: November 21, 2019

 

Non-compliance with this policy can be reported through this website.