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Animal Care and Use Policy

Policy Administrator: Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Authority: USDA AWA PL89-544 and PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals President’s Approval: November 26, 2019

Effective Date: November 26, 2019

Updated: August 18, 1999, November 7, 2019

Index Cross-References: FS 1920-30/FPC/EX

Policy File Number: ACA - 159

ANIMAL CARE AND USE POLICY

Policy Statement:

It is California State University, Sacramento (University) policy to adhere to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Laboratory Animal Welfare Act (AWA) listed in Public Law 89-544, and the Public Health Services (PHS) Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.  The University is committed to the ethical and humane use of animals in research and instructional activities. To ensure the highest standard of research, it is University policy that all research, research training, and instructional activities involving regulated animals are subject to review by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), regardless of funding or funding source.

Who the Policy applies to:

Faculty, staff, and students conducting research and/or instructional activities involving vertebrate animals and other covered species identified by USDA or Public Health Services Policy.

Why the Policy is necessary:

The policy is necessary to ensure compliance with federal policies.

Responsibilities:

The University, including investigators, research staff, instructors, and students, accepts responsibility for assuring that research and instructional activities involving the use of live, vertebrate animals and other covered species identified by USDA or PHS is conducted in accordance with the principles identified in the AWA and the PHS Policy, as well as the ICSUAM.

Procedure:

The charge of the IACUC, as well as procedures and guidance for animal care and use can be found on this website: https://www.csus.edu/compliance/research-integrity-compliance/

Approved by: Robert S. Nelsen, President     Date: November 26, 2019

ANIMAL CARE AND USE POLICY

It is California State University, Sacramento (University) policy to adhere to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Laboratory Animal Welfare Act (AWA) listed in Public Law 89-544, and the Public Health Services (PHS) Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. The AWA requires that minimum standards of care and treatment be provided for certain warm-blooded animals bred for commercial sale, used in research, transported commercially, or exhibited to the public. The PHS Policy requires the humane care and use of live, vertebrate animals used or intended for use in research, research training, experimentation, or biological testing or for related purposes supported or conducted by the PHS.

The University is committed to the ethical and humane use of animals in research and instructional activities. To ensure the highest standard of research, it is University policy that all research, research training, and instructional activities involving regulated animals are subject to review by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), regardless of funding or funding source.

I. Responsibilities

The University, including investigators, research staff, instructors, and students, accepts responsibility for assuring that research and instructional activities involving the use of live, vertebrate animals and other covered species identified by USDA or PHS is conducted in accordance with the principles identified in the AWA and the PHS Policy, as well as the ICSUAM.

Institutional Animal Care and Use oversight rests collectively with the Institutional Official (IO), the Attending Veterinarian (AV), and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). The Associate Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Economic Development is appointed as the Institutional Officer by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and is responsible for ensuring the adherence to federal guidance and the ICSUAM. The IACUC is responsible for upholding the federal regulations, state laws, and university policies through the prospective review of animal subjects research and instructional activities.

The University Office of Environmental Health and Safety coordinates with the IACUC and is an essential part of the overall care and use of animals to ensure the safe use and disposal of hazardous materials. For more information, please see the University Policy on Campus Safety and Environmental Health, ADM-0177.

II. Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Membership

A. Composition

The IACUC consists of no fewer than five members, at least two of whom must be Sacramento State faculty, and meets the composition requirements of PHS Policy IV.A.3.b. The IACUC must include at a minimum:

1. One Doctor of Veterinary Medicine with training or experience in laboratory animal science and medicine, who has direct or delegated program authority and responsibility for activities involving animals at the institution;

2. One practicing scientist experienced in research involving animals;

3. One member whose primary concerns are in a nonscientific area (for example, ethicist, lawyer, and member of the clergy).

4. One individual who is not affiliated with the institution in any way other than as a member of the IACUC and is not a member of the immediate family of a person who is affiliated with the institution.

An individual who meets the requirements of more than one of the categories may fulfill more than one requirement. However, the committee may not consist of fewer than five members.

B. Selection/Appointments

a. Members

The Institutional Official appoints IACUC faculty members through the following:

1. A call for nominations announced through Faculty Senate,

2. Self-nominees submit their CV and other required information to the Faculty Senate,

3. The Faculty Senate confirms the list of nominees, and sends it to the Office of Research, Innovation, and Economic Development,

4. The IACUC Chair, Institutional Officer, and appropriate IACUC staff review and appoint members from the confirmed nominees. The Institutional Officer has the authority to keep the call for nominations open until a qualified candidate, as determined by PHS Policy, is confirmed.

IRB members are appointed for a three-year term. Reappointment may occur, provided the member is in good standing. Staff and community members are appointed by the Institutional Official for a three-year term or as needed. Reappointment occurs as needed.

b. Alternate Member

The appointment of alternate members will follow the Member process. Alternate members are appointed to the IACUC to serve in the absence of a member in an equivalent discipline. In an emergency, an alternate member may be appointed by the Institutional Official for the duration of one semester. After the alternate term, they may apply for full membership via the Member process if a position is open.

c. Membership in Good Standing

A member in good standing demonstrates research integrity, regular meeting attendance, completion of required training as outlined in the procedures for IACUC members, and timely reviews.

III. Procedures

The charge of the IACUC, as well as procedures and guidance for animal care and use can be found on this website: https://www.csus.edu/compliance/research-integrity-compliance/