No violation – no findings of mistreatment of animals or policy noncompliance.
The IACUC chair will inform the complainant, the Veterinarian and the person who is the subject of the complaint in writing of the findings and recommendations and that no further action will be proposed, subject to IACUC review at the next regularly scheduled meeting.
Minor violation – one instance of policy noncompliance, but no inhumane treatment of animals.
Examples of minor violations (this list is not intended to be exhaustive)
The IACUC chair will inform the complainant and the person who is the subject of the complaint (and his/her direct supervisor or PI) in writing of all findings, recommendations, and any remediation (except for confidential personnel actions) required to be completed within a specified time frame. Such findings, recommendations, and remediation (except for confidential personnel actions) are subject to IACUC review at its next regularly scheduled meeting. The IACUC Coordinator will be responsible for verifying that the remedies are completed within the established time frame.
Major violation – repeated instances of policy noncompliance or one or more instances of inhumane treatment or neglect of animals.
Examples of major violations: Use of animals without an IACUC approved protocol, Disregard for animal pain and suffering, Improper euthanasia, Improper surgical techniques or experimental treatments, Exposing humans or animals to substantial and unnecessary risks, Knowingly providing false or inaccurate information to IACUC, Any other unethical treatment of animals.
The IACUC Chair will determine if the IACUC should meet immediately or wait until the next scheduled monthly IACUC meeting to discuss the violation. A quorum of the IACUC must be present for the meeting.
IACUC members or institutional employees with a conflict of interest shall immediately notify the committee and remove themselves from further participation in the matter.
Examples of conflicts: Personal profit, Collaboration with the investigator, Supervisor for personnel directly implicated, Other situations where judgment may be affected by affiliation.
The IACUC will review the complaint and the initial findings and recommendations of the Veterinarian and obtain additional information as needed.
The IACUC will then determine the final action to be recommended to the IO. The IACUC recommendation shall be immediately binding until such time as the IO has reviewed the recommendation. The actions of the IACUC apply to PIs, animal users, and laboratory staff.
IACUC action(s) may include, but is/are not limited to:
The IACUC Chair will report in writing, as appropriate, to the following individuals: the complainant; the person who is the subject of the complaint; the Department Chair or direct supervisor of the person who is the subject of the complaint; and the IO. The IO, after review and approval, will report the findings and actions taken by the IACUC to external organizations and/or government agencies as required.
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