Assigning Reviewers to New Protocols



In order to ensure adequate review of animal care and use protocols, and to be compliant with both PHS Policy and recent clarification from the USDA, the IACUC has established a policy on assigning reviewers to new protocols.


1. All protocols are submitted to the IACUC via the Topaz electronic animal protocol and development system by the Principal Investigator.

2. The IACUC office will initially assign a primary (scientific) reviewer to the protocol. The primary reviewer assignment will be on a rotating basis with consideration of a reviewer’s particular area of expertise. In addition, the Attending Veterinarian (AV) and the Biological Safety Officer (BSO) will also review all submitted protocols. If there are more than one AV and/or BSO on the ACC, this assignment will be performed on a rotating basis.

3. The IACUC office will then inform the Chair of the reviewer assignment. The chair may approve the assignment of the reviewers, in which case no further action is warranted. The chair may choose to re-assign the reviewers, in which case the Chair will inform the IACUC office of the new reviewer(s) designated by the Chair. The IACUC office will then relate this change to the reviewers.

4. The primary reviewers will remain for the life of the protocol; the initial primary reviewers will serve as the reviewers for all subsequent modifications to the protocol. If the initial primary reviewer is no longer a voting member of the IACUC when a future modification is received, the primary reviewer will be the Chair of the IACUC. If the initial AV or BSO reviewer not be a voting member of the IACUC when a future modification is received, these reviews will be performed by the current AV or BSO on the IACUC committee.

Effective Dates: October 26, 2017 through September 30, 2020