Policies and procedures for the Office for Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) require that any suspension of research activity or any serious or ongoing issues of noncompliance involving animals regulated by these organizations be promptly reported to these agencies.
Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW)
The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), through the Institutional Official (IO), must contact the office of the Director of Compliance at OLAW immediately after any of the following instances: suspension of any activity by the IACUC; serious or continuing non-compliance with PHS Policy when required; or significant deviation from the provisions of the Guide.
After IACUC and IO review and remedy, a formal written report will be filed with OLAW within 3 months of the event stating: a full explanation of circumstances; description of corrective actions taken; minority views filed by the IACUC; and status of the research program.
Complaints and Violations
Federal animal welfare regulations (under the Animal Welfare Act) state that all employees or concerned parties must have the means to report deficiencies in animal care and treatment. Federal animal welfare regulations state that no facility employee, committee member, or laboratory personnel shall be discriminated against or be subjected to any reprisal for reporting violations of any regulation or standards under the Animal Welfare Act.
The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) will investigate concerns involving the care and use of animals used in teaching or research at Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU). This includes claims by the public or anonymous complaints concerning any aspect of the animal care and use program or by employees or students who report alleged instances of animal abuse, violation of approved protocols or standard operating procedures, use of animals not covered by approved protocols, violation of any animal-related regulation or standard (such as the Animal Welfare Act, Public Health Service Policy, or SVSU IACUC policy), or complaints regarding the care received by animals housed in SVSU laboratory animal facilities.