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IACUC Inspections &
the Process

The IACUC is required to inspect all animal facilities at TJU twice per year. This includes not only the animal facilities themselves, but any laboratory or other space in which animals are used. The goal of the inspection is to help you identify any deficiencies in your animal use program and facilities and take appropriate corrective action.

The Process

If you use animals in your laboratory, your lab will be contacted by the IACUC Office to schedule an inspection once every six months.

The inspection itself is carried out by two or more members of the IACUC and a representative of the IACUC office. They will meet you in your laboratory at the pre-arranged time. The inspection usually takes less than 30 minutes.

The inspection team will want to see the area where you do the work, see copies of your records (breeding records, surgical records, controlled drug logs, monitoring records, etc.), and perhaps talk to some of the research staff who carry out the animal work. Specifically, they are looking for the following:

  • Does the space comply with regulatory standards?
  • Are the required records complete?
  • Are you following your approved animal protocol(s)?
  • Do you need to update your list of support personnel?
  • Are your drugs with in their expiry date?
  • Is your eyewash station (if you have one) being inspected regularly? (I know, this isn't an IACUC issue per se, but Environment Health and Safety have given us this job.)
  • Have you corrected any deficiencies identified in the last inspection?
  • Do you have any issues or concerns regarding animal usage or the oversight of the same by the IACUC, and/or do you have any suggestions for improving IACUC operations?

If any issues are uncovered during the inspection, the inspectors will point them out to you and help you. If necessary, you will also receive a memo from the IACUC office informing you of any corrections or revisions you must make in your program or procedures. Serious compliance issues will be referred to the IACUC for action and, if necessary, to the relevant regulatory authorities.