IACUC Policy on Approved Animal Care and Use Protocol Signatures
In order to comply with government regulations (PHS and USDA) and AAALAC-i, UConn Health’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) has implemented a policy requiring signatures on all approved animal care and use protocols.
1. The final approved copy of an animal care and use protocol and animal safety protocols must be read by all individuals listed on the protocol. In addition, all individuals listed on the protocol must sign off that they have read the protocol, understand the protocol, and will follow the protocol.
2. This can be done in any way determined by the laboratory. The protocols can be printed out and the hard copy signed by all individuals. Or the protocols can remain electronic with a “sign-off sheet” signed by all individuals.
3. Should the PI choose to print out the protocol, the signed protocol must be maintained in the laboratory and presented to the IACUC upon request.
4. Should the PI choose to use “sign-off sheets” to document that individuals have read the animal protocols, these “sign-off sheets” must be maintained in the laboratory and presented to the IACUC upon request.
The policy has been approved by a majority vote of the IACUC members.
Effective Dates: December 2, 2021 through December 30, 2024