Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
LSUHSC-NO’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is responsible for reviewing, approving and providing oversight of all activities involving the care and use of live vertebrate animals. It is the policy of LSUHSC-NO that all projects involving live vertebrate animals or the use of animal tissue or parts must be presented to the IACUC for review, approval and oversight.
IACUC Policies and Procedures Guidebook provides institutional policies and instructions on how to secure and maintain IACUC approval.
IACUC Application Approval Process Chart illustrates each step of your application from submission through the approval. NEW 10/16/2017
Post-Approval Monitoring Program (PAM) NEW 1/05/2018
The PAM program will serve to improve the quality of animal welfare and animal research conducted at our institution through a collaborative approach.
General instructions are given in Using IACUC Forms. The deadline for receipt of applications in the IACUC Office is the last Monday of the month. IACUC meetings are held on the third Monday of every month. Amendments and transfers are processed as received.
Research Protocol Application Form is used for initial research projects or 3-year renewals. Updated 3/09/2018
Breeding Colony Application Form
is used for initial breeding colonies or 3-year renewals.
IACUC Amendment Form
must be submitted for IACUC approval prior to making any changes.
Change in Personnel
must be submitted for IACUC approval prior to active participation on a project; all required training must be completed.
Transfer or Use of Animal Tissue or Materials Form
must be submitted when using materials obtained from a non-living animal source.
This institution complies with all federal and state laws and guidelines regarding the use of animals in research and maintains OLAW Assurance #D16-00058 (validation period 12/7/2016 - 12/31/2020) and AAALAC International Accreditation #000037 (accredited since 5/17/1968). All reported cases of potential non-compliance submitted by any source will be investigated and determination made as to whether corrective actions are necessary and/or reportable. The IACUC Non Compliance Flow Chart illustrates this process. NEW 10/16/2017
Safety and Training Requirements
- All research conducted at this institution must undergo an Institutional Bio-Safety Committee (IBC) Review. IACUC approval will not be given until IBC exemption or approval is received
- Prior to working with animals, participates must complete all required training. Refer to the Training Required to Participate in Research for guidance.
- Participants must complete an Animal Exposure Surveillance Assessment Form in the Division of Animal Care. While participation in the DAC occupational health and safety program may be voluntary in some cases, the assessment is mandatory. Updates are required every 3 years.
Websites that may be useful when completing IACUC forms:
- Animal Care Issues
- Developing Searches for Alternatives and Non-duplication
- Regulatory Guidance