Public Health Service Policy

Animal, as defined by the Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, is defined as any live, vertebrate animal used or intended for use in research, research training, experimentation, or biological testing or for related purpose.

Changes to protocol

If you make any change to an approved protocol, please submit something in writing explaining the change to the regulatory compliance officer (e-mail requests are acceptable, washingtonj@uncw.edu). According to UNCW IACUC policy, the regulatory compliance officer and IACUC Chair will determine if the change is minor, moderate or significant.

IACUC Training Requirements

The online training course, "Working with the IACUC", provided by the University of Miami's Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) is required for all members of the research team.

OLAW Assurance

An Assurance is an agreement with the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare to operate an animal care program in accordance with certain policies and principles.  The Assurance also sets out the organization of the UNCW IACUC and lists certain procedures and policies of the IACUC. UNCW Assurance A3871-01, Expires 6/30/14

If you are unable to retrieve any of these forms, they can be obtained by contacting the regulatory compliance officer in ORS (910-962-7774 or kellya@uncw.edu).

Additional IACUC Resources
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Animal Care and Use (IACUC)

In order to ensure the humane care and use of live, vertebrate animals, UNCW has its own federally mandated Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). Faculty members from a variety of scientific and non-scientific disciplines and at least one community representative serve on this university committee to review and approve research projects involving live, vertebrate animals. The Office of Research Services (ORS) is the administrative office that coordinates the activities of the IACUC.

According to UNCW IACUC policy, all research projects conducted by UNCW researchers (including student research) involving live, vertebrate animals must be approved by the IACUC. ORS will not accept funding for this type of research from an external agency without documentation of IACUC approval.

IACUC Meeting Schedule and Submission Deadlines

The IACUC typically meets twice each semester to review protocols subject to full committee review. Please see important dates below for the next IACUC meeting of the Spring 2013 semester.





September 13,2013

September 20, 2013

September 27, 2013

November 8, 2013
November 15, 2013
November 22, 2013
January 31, 2014 February 7, 2014 February 14, 2014
April 4, 2014 April 11, 2014 April 18, 2014

Please note: According to UNCW IACUC policy, when an IACUC protocol is initially submitted the regulatory compliance officer will forward it by email to the attending veterinarian (AV) for a consultation. The AV will send the principal investigator a consultation form within a few days. The researcher should take the AV's comments under consideration and revise the protocol appropriately. If the researcher makes revisions to the protocol, the revised protocol must be submitted by the date specified below to assure review during the desired meeting date. Researchers should plan accordingly to avoid delays. The IACUC hopes this new procedure will allow for smoother reviews during scheduled meetings.

IACUC Contact Information:

Institutional Official: Ron Vetter, vetterr@uncw.edu, 910-962-3224

IACUC Chair: Dr. Wendy Donlin Washington, washingtonj@uncw.edu, 910-962-2453

IACUC Coordinator:Angela Pennell Kelly, kellya@uncw.edu, 910-962-7774

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