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Membership: Overview

Membership Overview
IACUC Membership   Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees

Overview

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is responsible for regulating animals used in research that are covered under the Animal Welfare Act and its regulations. The Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare at the National Institutes of Health is responsible for assuring that institutions receiving Federal funding through U.S. Public Health Service agencies follow the Public Health Service Policy on the Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.  USDA animal welfare regulations (AWR) and the Public Health Service Policy on the Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals establish minimum requirements for IACUC membership. USDA-registered research facilities must have at least 3 members who are appointed by the Chief Executive Officer of the facility. OLAW-assured facilities must have at least 5 members.

Table 1 below shows the required members under each agency’s oversight.

Table 1 IACUC membership requirements

U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institutes of Health - Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare
Chairperson Chairperson
Laboratory animal veterinarian with animal program responsibilities Laboratory animal veterinarian with animal program responsibilities
Non-affiliated member* to provide representation for general community interests in the proper care and treatment of animals Non-affiliated member* to provide representation for general community interests in the proper care and treatment of animals
Non-scientist
A practicing scientist experienced in animal research
[I]n those cases where the Committee consists of more than 3 members, not more than 3 members shall be from the same administrative unit of such facility. Note: An individual who meets the requirements of more than one of the categories may fulfill more than one requirement. However, the Committee must still have at least 5 members to be properly constituted.

* At least one member shall not be affiliated in any way with the facility other than as a member of the Committee, and shall not be a member of the immediate family of a person who is affiliated with the facility.