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Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

AAALAAC Accredited ProgramThe UConn Health IACUC is committed to the humane care and use of laboratory animals. The IACUC has oversight of all animal-related activities performed at UConn Health. It is the responsibility of the IACUC to ensure that all work performed with research laboratory animals used at UConn Health complies with all applicable federal, state, and institutional laws, policies, and guidelines.

UConn Health is fully accredited by AAALAC International and has been since June 21, 1977. Our last full accreditation was given on July 12, 2019.

Our Public Health Service (PHS) assurance number is A3471-01 (D16-00295) and the effective dates are May 8, 2018 to April 30, 2022. Our USDA Registration Number is 16-R-0025 and it expires on September 17, 2020.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Protocol Transition to InfoEd

June 29, 2020 will be the last day that Topaz will be able to be accessed by researchers.  The IACUC and the animal facility are moving to a new system – InfoEd.  Much more information will be coming via OVPR Research IT so please stay tuned.  It is important to note the following:

  • No new protocols will be accepted into Topaz after May 10, 2020.  This is because of the possibility that the protocols will not be approved by the time we transition from Topaz to InfoEd.  If protocols are not approved in Topaz by the time we leave that system, any new submission will be required to be submitted (and, hence, rewritten) in InfoEd.
  • Modifications to currently approved protocols in Topaz will be allowed to be submitted in Topaz until a later date, but how late will depend on the type of modification.  No new modifications in Topaz will be permitted after June 15, 2020 and some modification types will have an earlier cut-off date.  These will be decided on a case-by-case basis taking into  account how the modification must be reviewed and how much time that review is likely to take.  It will be the responsibility of the IACUC office to determine how modifications are submitted.
  • Modifications to approved protocols that cannot be submitted though Topaz will be done by a modification Word document.  The form is on the protocols page of the IACUC website (scroll down to “interim word documents”); download, complete, and send the completed modification form to the IACUC office via email.  Do not make the Word document into a PDF; it will be returned.

COVID-19

As of 3/20/20, the UConn Health IACUC will continue to maintain normal functioning to the best of our ability.  PIs are reminded that annual reviews, 3 year protocol reviews, personnel annual renewal animal training, and mandatory re-enrollment in the OHS program – all of which can be performed on-line – are continuing requirements.  At present, the Committee is meeting via teleconferencing or WebEx so we do not anticipate delays in reviews of applications that require a full committee review.  Should IACUC office staff need to work from home, things will be somewhat delayed due to factors beyond our control (internet access, slower processing times of computers, etc.).  Please review the OVPR COVID-19 update page for up-to-date information regarding research activities.

New Laboratory Animal Users

If you are new to using laboratory animals, please review our “Top Ten Actions for New Animal Users” page.  This will tell you in detail what you need to know and do in order to Elements use laboratory animals here at UConn Health.

Accessing the Animal Facility

In order to access the animal facility, you need to contact the Center for Comparative Medicine (x2731) and ask them for a facility access request form.  The IACUC office does not grant facility access.  Before you can actually access the animal facility, the following actions must be completed:

  1. You must be listed as an animal user on an active animal care and use protocol.
  2. You must complete initial animal user training.
  3. You must enroll in the Occupational Health Surveillance Program; this is a form that you complete on line.
  4. You must have a “medical clearance for animal use” appointment with a physician or nurse in Employee Health Service.

TOPAZ Elements Issues

If you are having technical problems with Topaz Elements, please do not contact the IACUC office.  INstead, contact the OVPR IT Help Desk at era-support@uconn.edu or 860-486-7944.

The URL to Topaz is https://uconnprod.topazti.net/ucelements.

EuthanEx System

The IACUC is requiring that all euthanasia stations be equipped with the Euthanex® system. Please review the letter from the IACUC Chair regarding this issue. For more information, contact Dr. Chidambaram, Attending Veterinarian.