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15.99.99.Z2.01 (IP)

Approved September 21, 2005
Supplements HSC Rule 15.99.99

1. GENERAL

1.1. It is The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center (HSC) standard that all faculty, staff, visiting scholars and students comply with all Federal and State statutes, local regulations, and all other HSC policies and procedures relating to laboratory animals (living or dead). Failure to comply may result in a suspension of privileges to use laboratory animals in research, teaching, and testing activities.

1.2. All animals used in research, teaching, and testing, regardless of the funding sources, shall be provided humane care and treatment. Compliance will be assured by comprehensive review of all projects by an HSC Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) or Texas A&M University Laboratory Animal Care Committee (ULACC). [See section 2.2.]

1.3. Each individual project involving laboratory animals must be fully reviewed and approved by an IACUC or ULACC prior to its initiation, and before any animals may be acquired, housed, or used for research, teaching, and testing by HSC faculty, students, and staff.

1.4. It is the responsibility of the IACUC or ULACC to ensure that all scientists and other personnel involved in animal care, treatment, and use are qualified through training and instruction.

2. REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF PROJECTS USING LABORATORY ANIMALS AND LABORATORY ANIMAL FACILITIES

2.1. The following animal care and use committees have been established to oversee all aspects of the use and care of laboratory animals by faculty, staff, and students operating within the HSC. Each of these HSC committees reports to the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, who is the Institutional Official for the HSC.

2.1.1. The Baylor College of Dentistry IACUC in Dallas (USDA/Animal Welfare No. 74-R-0039, customer No. 1411; Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare Assurance No. A3027-01).

2.1.2. The Institute of Biosciences and Technology (IBT) IACUC in Houston (USDA/Animal Welfare Act: 74-R-0134, customer #1490; Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare Assurance: A4012-01).

2.1.3. The College of Medicine – Temple Campus HSC IACUC in Temple (USDA/Animal Welfare No. 74-R-0171; Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare Assurance: A-428801; AAALAC Accreditation No. 00704)

2.2. The HSC has established a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Texas A&M University (TAMU) that recognizes that these two institutions are best served by a single committee for animal use and care for the College Station campus. The appropriate TAMU committee is referred to as the University Laboratory Animal Care Committee (ULACC).

2.2.1. The School of Rural Public Health (SRPH) will utilize the TAMU ULACC. [http://animal.tamu.edu/approval.html]

2.2.2. The College of Medicine – College Station campus will utilize the TAMU ULACC. [http://animal.tamu.edu/approval.html]

2.2.3. The ULACC shall review and approve all College Station based protocols involving the care and use of animals in research and teaching as described within the boundaries of the MOU.

2.2.4. For College Station based animal care and usage, the TAMU Institutional Official (IO) shall be responsible for all appropriate compliance reports to local, State, and Federal agencies covering laboratory animals as described within the boundaries of the MOU.

2.2.5. The TAMU IO shall promptly report any problems and concerns about the care and use of laboratory animals by HSC faculty to the VPRGS.

3. RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

3.1. Principal investigators, department heads, and the component dean or designate are responsible for assuring that animal research is appropriately reviewed and approved prior to initiation of any work.

3.2. Regardless of funding sources, research protocols involving the use of animals in teaching and research must be prepared by the principal investigator and must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate IACUC or ULACC.

3.2.1. Written approval must be obtained from the IACUC or ULACC prior to making changes in the research protocol or placing orders to obtain animals.

3.2.2. If research is collaborative or involves other institutions, approval must be obtained from each institution.

3.3. Principal Investigators must take responsibility for the appropriate training of their research staff in the humane care and use of laboratory animals, ensuring that they are qualified to perform their duties, and that they understand their obligations to comply with all relevant regulations and the specifics of the approved protocol. Documentation of this training may be requested by regulatory and accrediting agencies or by the HSC.

Office of Responsibility
Vice President for Research