Non-Affiliated Member

I. IACUC Appointment & Membership (Sect. 2.31 (a) & (b)):

(a) The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of each research facility is required, by law, to appoint an IACUC. Those persons appointed to this committee must be qualified through experience and expertise to assess the research facilities animal program, facilities, and procedures (Sect. 2.31(a)).

(b) The members of the IACUC must be appointed by the CEO of the research facility. The IACUC is to consist of no less than three members as follows (Sect. 2.31 (b)):

(1) A Chairman.

(2) A Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) with training or experience in laboratory animal science and medicine andwho has direct or delegated program responsibility for activities involving animals at the research facility. The DVM can not be a researcher who has no direct or delegated responsibility for animals at the facility. Although not specifically prohibited by the regulations, the attending veterinarian should not also be the IACUC chairman.

(3) A nonaffiliated member. This person is not to be affiliated with the research facility in any way other than as a member of the IACUC and can not be a member of the immediate family of a person who is affiliated with the research facility. This person is to provide representation for the general community interests in the proper care and treatment of animals. The nonaffiliated member can not be paid for his or her services on the committee. Expenses such as, travel or mileage, meals and parking may be reimbursed however.

(4) Should the committee consist of more than three members (NIH requires at least five members on the IACUC), no more than three members can be from the same administrative unit of the facility (Departmental level), (Sect. 2.31 (b)(4)).