IACUC Policy and Guideline Updates

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The IACUC would like to announce an update to Policy 7, as well the newly added Policy 14 and the new Guideline 26.  IACUC policies and guidelines are available on the corresponding IACUC webpage. Below is a description each updated or new policy and guideline. Review the full policies and guideline for more details. 


REVISED - IACUC Policy 7, “Aquatic Embryo Use at PSU”

Institutions that receive Public Health Service (PHS) funds must have an Assurance with the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) and this Assurance indicates the institution will abide by the PHS Policy on the Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. The PHS Policy applies to offspring of egg-laying vertebrates after hatching. Penn State IACUC Policy 7 was updated to align the institution’s animal care and use program with PHS Policy requirements. IACUC Policy 7, “Aquatic Embryo Use at PSU”, has been updated to apply Penn State RP04 to hatched larval forms of fish and amphibians. All researchers working with hatched fish and amphibian embryos are required to have a protocol with the Penn State IACUC. If you already have a relevant protocol in place, you can submit an amendment to cover embryos and increase animal numbers if needed. If you do not yet have a protocol and are working with aquatic embryos, please contact ORP to discuss the submission process. All submissions to cover aquatic embryo use at Penn State must be submitted to ORP by August 1, 2020.


NEW - IACUC Policy 14, “Laboratory Animal Enrichment”

Penn State’s Assurance with OLAW also indicates that the institution will maintain an animal care and use program according to the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (Guide). The Guide specifies that all animals must receive appropriate and consistent environmental enrichment unless a justification for excluding enrichment has been included in an IACUC protocol that was reviewed and approved by the IACUC and veterinary staff. IACUC Policy 14, “Laboratory Animal Enrichment”, was developed to reinforce the requirement to provide enrichment to animals and clarify responsibility for providing the enrichment. At University Park Campus, enrichment is generally provided by ARP. However, researchers are responsible for providing enrichment when setting up new cages and/or weaning animals. 


NEW - IACUC Guideline 26, “Reporting Requirements for Adverse Events and Non-Compliance Incidents”

When adverse events and non-compliance incidents occur, it is the IACUC’s responsibility to review the reports to determine if continued animal welfare concerns remain, if appropriate actions were taken to remedy the situation, and if any further actions are needed to correct a deficiency or prevent future occurrences. IACUC Guideline 26, “Reporting Requirements for Adverse Events and Non-Compliance Incidents”, was developed to provide guidance to Penn State personnel and affiliates (faculty, staff, students, and volunteers) for what events should be reported to the IACUC for review and in what timeframe the reporting should occur. The IACUC will review all reported events and make the final determination of adverse event and/or non-compliance.