environmental safety office on an annual basis.
The report from the semiannual facility inspection is reviewed by the complete IACUC at the next meeting.
At the time of each semi-annual inspection, the IACUC sends a letter to the Dean/Director of all sites outside of Anchorage (listed in Part 1) to inform them that animals cannot be housed without prior approval from IACUC. The letter also requests verification that there are no animals being used at the remote sites. If a satellite facility wants to house animals, the IACUC will arrange for a site visit and inspection. Once approved, the facility will be inspected according to the procedures outlined above, regardless if animals are being housed at the time of the inspection. At this time, there are no animals housed at any site other than the Anchorage campus.
Prepare reports of the IACUC evaluations as set forth in the PHS Policy at IV.B.3. and submit the reports to Dr. Douglas Causey, Vice Provost. Following each semiannual meeting, the IACUC Chair prepares a report for submittal to the Institutional Official. These reports include minutes of the meeting, members in attendance, points of discussion, recommendations for corrective actions, and an evaluation of the animal care and use in currently active protocols. The report follows that suggested by OLAW. A majority of the IACUC members will sign the report before it is sent to the Institutional Official.
Review concerns involving the care and use of animals at the institution. The IACUC procedures for reviewing concerns are as follows:
Interested or concerned parties can submit reports regarding animal care and use or IACUC issues to any member of the committee, either anonymously or openly, in paper or via email. The informed committee member immediately reports all concerns to the IACUC Chair.
If not of a time-critical nature, the concern is discussed at the next scheduled IACUC meeting, and following discussion reported to the Institutional Official. If the concern indicates a serious problem which could require immediate action in order to protect animals or those humans involved in their care, the IACUC chair will call for immediate action by the veterinarian, and if necessary an emergency meeting of the IACUC to determine the corrective actions necessary.
If corrective action is required, the offending faculty member in charge of the animals will be required to take the appropriate steps to correct the problems in a timely fashion. If such actions are not taken within the allotted time frame, the researcher’s authority to work with animals will be suspended until such corrections are made, and the researcher can assure the IACUC that such violations will not be repeated.
To avoid reprisal against the reporting individual, the IACUC will hold the identity of reporting individuals in confidence (if known). The IACUC will also inform the involved researcher/faculty members that they are not to take any retaliatory action towards the reporter (if known). The reporter will be made aware that no reprisal should occur, and that if