Policy on Record-Keeping for Principal Investigator-Provided Animal Use Training
According to Principle VIII of the U.S. Government Principles for the Utilization and Care of Vertebrate Animals Used in Testing, Research, and Training, “Investigators and other personnel shall be appropriately qualified and experienced for conducting procedures on living animals.” Additionally, the Animal Welfare Act (9 CFR Ch1, Part 2, subpart C, 2.32) states, “It shall be the responsibility of the research facility to ensure that all scientists, research technicians, animal technicians, and other personnel involved in animal care, treatment, and use are qualified to perform their duties. This responsibility shall be fulfilled in part through the provision of training and instruction to those personnel.” Furthermore, the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals recommends that “All Program personnel training should be documented.” (NRC January 2011, Eighth Edition).
It is recognized that training provided by the Principal Investigator (PI) or other qualified staff for specific procedures involving live vertebrate animals will occur. Such training is not documented by institutional mechanisms. It is the policy of the OSU IACUC that PI-provided training related to live vertebrate animal use be documented.
All animal related procedural, surgical, biosafety, chemical safety, radiation safety, or care training provided by the PI, or other qualified laboratory member, must be documented.
Information to be included in records: the date of training, description of information provided during the training, the name of the trainer, and whether or not the individual receiving training demonstrated satisfactory performance of the task. A suggested form is provided as a part of this policy; however, as long as the key information is included, the record may be kept in an alternate format. These records should be available upon request for review by the IACUC, Veterinary staff, or regulatory representative.
Sample form in MS Word format available for download.
IACUC approved April 2011