Policy for IACUC Exceptions
Oregon State University Policy for IACUC Review of Exceptions to Regulations, Policies, and Nationally Accepted Standards
According to the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is charged with responsibility to oversee and evaluate the University’s animal program, procedures, and facilities to ensure they are consistent with the recommendations in the Guide, the regulations of the Animal Welfare Act, and the Public Health Services Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. The regulations of the Animal Welfare Act specifically state that the IACUC must require that exceptions to the standards and regulations be specified and explained by the principal investigator, approved by the IACUC, and reported to the United States Department of Agriculture in conjunction with the “Annual Report of Research Facility.”
To comply with this mandate, the IACUC requires that requests for exception to regulations, policies, and nationally accepted standards be reviewed and approved by the IACUC. The need for an exception may be identified during review of a new, renewal, or modified Animal Care and Use Protocol (ACUP) submission or during the course of animal care or use after an ACUP has been approved and initiated.
If the exception is initiated by the animal husbandry staff, with approval from the affected Principal Investigator(s), then the description of the change and the justification must be submitted to the IACUC for review and approval by the Attending Veterinarian, or designee, and the IACUC Chair or Vice Chair. Once approved, information describing the exception should be posted in the affected husbandry area.
IACUC approved May 2011