New Animal Protocol Submissions

Purpose

In order to comply with NIH-PHS government regulations which state that all vertebrate animal procedures described in a PHS grant must be approved by the institutional animal care and use committee, the University of Connecticut Health’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) has implemented a policy regarding new animal care and use protocol submissions.

Action

1. All animal care and use protocol submissions must be submitted electronically through the use of the Topaz animal protocol development and review system.  Topaz is web-based and the URL to access the program is https://uconnprod.topazti.net/ucelements.

2. Protocols must be submitted by deadlines which are on the IACUC website.  Only complete protocols will be reviewed by the IACUC; simply submitting a protocol by the deadline does not mean that the protocol is ready for committee review.  If your protocol is returned for any reason, you must resubmit the revised protocol by the deadline date to be considered at that month’s meeting.  Extensions of deadlines must be approved by the IACUC Chair.

3. Training on the use of Topaz is highly recommended.  Information on how to receive training can be obtained from the Animal Care Committee office.

Effective Dates: December 21, 2017 thru November 30, 2020