About the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

The IACUC is a standing committee at Penn State that oversees and evaluates all aspects of the University's animal care and use program. The Committee's composition and responsibilities regarding animal research are mandated by the Animal Welfare Act (Public Law 99-198).

 By federal law, the IACUC, as an agent of the research facility, must:

  1. review the components of the animal care and use program every six months,
  2. inspect the animal facilities and animal study areas every six months,
  3. prepare and submit federal reports,
  4. review and investigate concerns involving animal care and use,
  5. make recommendations to the Institutional Official regarding any aspect of Penn State's Animal Care and Use Program, the research facilities or personnel training,
  6. review and approve vertebrate animal research, teaching or testing activities before they are initiated,
  7. review and approve modifications to previously approved animal care and use projects, and
  8. investigate and suspend animal use in accordance with federal regulations.

If you have suggestions for IACUC-related workshop topics, please submit them on our Topic Suggestions Page.

Committee Composition

By federal law, the IACUC must be composed of, at a minimum, five members with the following qualifications:

  1. An IACUC Chairperson
  2. A doctor of veterinary medicine
  3. An individual not affiliated with the institution, representing the community
  4. A practicing scientist experienced in animal research
  5. A member whose primary concerns are nonscientific.

If you are interested in serving on Penn State University's IACUC, please contact the Office for Research Protections at ORP-IACUC@psu.edu.