Effective: Moved to Policy Library from the Office of Research Assurances
Updated/Revised: June 3, 2009
Contact: Office for Responsible Research
The purpose of this policy is to clarify requirements regarding Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) review of federally funded research projects.
Public Health Service (PHS) policy and the NIH Grants policy require institutional certification, when research is supported by PHS funds or is funded by a PHS member agency, that the proposed research has been reviewed and approved by the IACUC. In order to be in compliance with the regulations, investigators must submit copies of the federal grant proposal with the application for IACUC approval.
The IACUC is responsible for ensuring that the information in the application for approval is congruent with what is in the grant application. If discrepancies exist between the two documents, the investigator must provide clarification. This clarification may consist of:
This approach is based upon the guiding principal that the IACUC is responsible for the humane care and use of animals. And by the investigator clarifying any discrepancies, the IACUC will know what is being approved in both documents. This form of review also allows the flexibility necessary to accommodate changes: