The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) ensures that the use of animals in research is in accordance with institutional and federal guidelines and to assist the faculty whose research and teaching activities involve animals.
(most recently approved by OLAW)
|Assurance number A3877-01||Effective 01-Aug-2013 to 31-Aug-2017|
|USDA Registration||Registration number 23-R-0064||Expires 26-Feb-2020|
IACUC Protocol Review Process (click here for a flow chart)
- The Principal Investigator (PI) must submit the required complete, original, hard-copy forms, including all signatures, to the Research Integrity office. Qualification Forms for all personnel listed on the protocol must be included with new applications or modifications involving adding new personnel. Incomplete and/or unsigned forms will be returned to the PI without review.
- An acknowledgement of receipt is sent via email to the PI reaffirming that no animals may be purchased or any protocol activity can move forward until the PI receives the IACUC Approval Notice.
- The IACUC Chair completes a pre-review that includes resolution of any open questions with the PI and assignment of Designated Member Reviewers.
- Unless the IACUC Chair has called for Full Committee Review (FCR) during the pre-review process, the protocol forms are distributed to all IACUC members for review. Any IACUC member may call for FCR. Responses are due within five business days. If no member calls for FCR by the response date, the protocol is reviewed by Designated Member Review (DMR) by the reviewers assigned by the Chair. All comments and questions raised during the initial review are incorporated into the materials provided for DMR.
- The DMR process may result in approval or request for modifications in order to secure approval. All designated reviewers must be unanimous in their response. If they cannot agree, then the protocol is returned for FCR.
- When FCR is implemented, protocols are reviewed only at a convened meeting of the IACUC with a quorum present. The available outcomes of FCR are (1) approval, (2) modifications required to secure approval, or (3) disapproval. If modifications are necessary to secure approval, the PI must re-submit and the review process begins again.
Naomi E. Coll, MPH, CPH, CIP
Manager of Research Integrity
Matthew Dohn, Ph.D.
Research Integrity Specialist
Office of the Vice President and Associate Provost for Research and Graduate Studies
Alumni Memorial Building
27 Memorial Drive West
Bethlehem, PA 18015