Compliance - Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
The University of Maine is registered as a research facility in accordance with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal Welfare Act and the Public Health Service Policy on the Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. The University of Maine holds the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) of the National Institutes of Health assurance for vertebrate animals used in research, teaching and outreach. In accordance with the Public Health Service Policy on the Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, the University of Maine works with the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) of the National Institutes of Health to assure the welfare of animals used in research and teaching.
The Animal Welfare Assurance (1) confirms the commitment that the University of Maine will comply with the PHS Policy, with the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, and with the Animal Welfare Regulation; (2) describes the institution’s program for animal care and use; and (3) designates the institutional official responsible for compliance.
Animal Welfare Assurance #: A3754-01
Vertebrate animals may share in varying degree many sensory, emotional, and cognitive responses with humankind. It is essential that we assume responsibility for their welfare and that animal use for research or teaching purposes be conducted in a humane, compassionate manner. To justify the ethical costs of using live animals in research, teaching, or testing, there must be reasonable expectation that such usage will contribute to the advancement of knowledge, which may eventually benefit humankind and/or animals. No research, teaching, or testing activities using live vertebrate animals shall be initiated until the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) has approved a protocol for such use.
- Animal Care Concerns?: Contact information for reporting concerns and link to Whistle Blowing Policy.
- Guidelines for Use of Zebrafish in Research, Teaching, and Testing (Word). This document is intended to assist researchers/instructors working with Zebrafish in determining when Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) review is required.
- Graduate School Policy: Graduate students and faculty advisors, please read section 10.2.4 (page 38) Animal Subjects Approval (PDF), from the Graduate School’s Policies and Regulations.
- IACUC Membership: Current membership listing.
- Inter-Institutional Agreement: to be used if proposed research involves collaboration with another institution, federal/state agency, private industry, private animal owners, etc.
- Meeting Schedule and Protocol Due Dates: Meeting schedule for the IACUC. Protocol Forms are due two weeks prior to a meeting date in order to be included on that meeting’s agenda.
- Policies and Procedures for the Humane Care and Use of Animals (PDF): All persons involved with the use of live vertebrate animals must read this Policy.
- Protocol Amendment: Use this form when amending a currently approved protocol. (Updated August 2013)
- Protocol Form/Husbandry Form: The application forms for requesting either approval for research, teaching, or pilot studies involving the use of live vertebrate animals OR for approval to sustain a colony of vertebrate animals . (Updated January 2016)
- Required Training: All faculty, staff, and students involved with the use of live vertebrate animals in research, teaching, or testing must complete this training program before protocols will be approved.
- Training Requirement for Students Who Handle Live Vertebrate Animals in Class
- Useful websites: Links to federal policies, guidelines, resources, etc.