Policies and Procedures Involving Animal Subjects
Please note that the compliance policies involving animal subjects is currently under review as is the policy manual. Please contact the OSP Office should you have questions. We expect to have the manual and policies posted by spring 2014.
The use of animal subjects in scientific and educational activities is governed by professional standards of ethical conduct as well as by federal and state regulations, which reflect the general concerns of society.
New York State law mandates the establishment of an institutional animal care committee which shall be responsible for evaluating the care of all animals held for research, teaching, or other activities by the State University of New York or by other resources under University auspices. An animal care committee is required also by National Institute of Health policy and recommended by the Animal Welfare Act and the American Association for Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care. The National Institute of Health requires review of research protocols by the institutional animal care committee prior to submission of a grant application.
SUNY Fredonia is committed to humane care of laboratory animals in carrying out its research and training activities. To insure that its concern be implemented and, further, to insure its compliance with professional, state and federal regulations and requirements for animal use, it has established an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) to be responsible for development and implementation of policies and procedures which will allow the College to fulfill these responsibilities and commitments.
Charge to the Committee:
The IACUC shall serve as the advocate for the welfare of the animal subjects under study at this institution while representing and protecting the interests of the respective investigators and educators who use animals at this University.
The charge to this committee is to develop policies and procedures for the University faculty and staff for:
Authority of the Full IACUC Committee:
Primary responsibility is to evaluate applications for use of animals in research and teaching under categories D and E of Biomedical Experiments and review annual updating of animal use applications submitted by investigators for the ethical guidelines listed above and the humane care and treatment according to procedures listed below.
The Committee is empowered to make on-site inspections and recommend suspension of any project using animals operating within the institution. In addition the IACUC, through its chairperson, has the authority to take action during emergency situations in order to promptly rectify unacceptable conditions.
The Committee has the authority to review and approve or disapprove all projects involving the use of animals in research or education. The chairperson has the responsibility to assign and make recommendations on matters of committee business to the appropriate subcommittees. The chairperson also has the authority to act as spokesperson for the IACUC.
Structure of the Committee:
The Committee will meet at least once each quarter of the calendar year to fulfill its responsibilities. Specific functions will be carried out by the subcommittees to be appointed by the chairperson of the IACUC. Each subcommittee will be composed of at least three individuals, and the subcommittee's titles are as follows:
In order to expedite the appropriate review and approval of animal use, each individual contemplating initiation of a project involving animals must adhere to the following: