Animal Care and Use
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).
Who is Governed by this 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 Provost 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.
Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) – Local working group that research facilities (i.e. Chief Executive Officer or designee) must appoint in accordance with the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals to oversee the institution's animal program, facilities, and procedures.
Information regarding forms and procedures is available at the Office of Animal Research website.
|Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
|Office of Animal Research (OAR)
Responsible University Official: Vice Provost, Research Integrity
Responsible Office: Office of the Vice Provost for Research
Non-compliance with this policy can be reported through this website.