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approval is a month to six week process.


If a more timely review is necessary, the IACUC will conduct a designated review. In this procedure, the researcher requests rapid review by the committee, the Chair reviews the proposal to see if designated review is appropriate. If the chair determines that designated review is appropriate, the proposal is submitted to the entire committee with a request for the committee to review the proposal within a week, and let the chair know if they approve of, or disagree with the use of the designated review for the proposal. If any committee member requests a full review, then the designated review is cancelled, and the proposal must undergo full review. If no one on the committee objects, then the Chair will designate a single reviewer for the proposal. This reviewer will make recommendations to the chair for approval or refer the proposal back to the full committee for a full review.


Conduct a Full Committee Review or Designated Member Review to approve, require modifications in (to secure approval), or withhold approval of proposed significant changes regarding the use of animals in ongoing activities as set forth in the PHS Policy at IV.C. The IACUC procedures for reviewing proposed significant changes in ongoing research projects are similar to the initial proposal review. The principal investigator must provide sufficient information to the committee for the committee to ensure that the significant changes follow PHS policy and the Guide. The committee will again review species numbers and type, scientific justification, handling procedures, animal care, and personnel training and safety issues. Such reviews will take place during a scheduled meeting, or by designated review (the designated reviewer may approve or refer the modifications back to the committee for full review).


Notify investigators and the institution in writing of its decision to approve or withhold approval of those activities related to the care and use of animals, or of modifications required to secure IACUC approval as set forth in the PHS Policy at IV.C.4.   The IACUC procedures to notify investigators and the institution of its decisions regarding protocol review are as follows:


Following each meeting in which protocols are reviewed, the Chair of the IACUC committee will write a memo to the principal investigator summarizing the committee’s decision. If the committee requested additional information, the memo will include a list of details requested.


The institution is notified of the results of each protocol review in the semi-annual reports.


Conduct continuing review of each previously approved, ongoing activity covered by PHS Policy at appropriate intervals as determined by the IACUC, including a complete review in accordance with the PHS Policy at IV.C. 1-4. at least once every three years.  


The IACUC approves the protocols for a period of three years, pending successful annual review. In the reviews at the end of each year, the principal investigator must provide the committee with a brief summary


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