Animal Welfare Information Center Newsletter, Winter 1997/1998, Vol. 8, no. 3-4


In AWIC Newsletter Vol 8 #2 Summer 1997, the article on page 13 "IACUC: Expedited Review of Animal Use Protocols" by Richard Crawford, D.V.M., should have stated that each member of an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) shall be "provided with a list of proposed activities to be reviewed" rather than a copy of the protocol to be reviewed. However, to ensure that informed decisions are being made by members of IACUCs, all members should have the opportunity to review the full animal protocol prior to voting. Also, there is no Federal requirement that the full committee review a protocol (regardless of the nature of the pain or distress that animals may experience). However, because those protocols that do contain painful procedures will receive a more thorough review at the full committee level, the USDA encourages this practice. In this way, the IACUC, as an agent of the facility, can more easily assure itself that pain and distress are being kept to a minimum. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.
This article appeared in the Animal Welfare Information Center Newsletter, Volume 8, Number 3/4, Winter 1998

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