In order to verify that the procedures outlined in the IACUC-approved protocol are carried out as described,
and to ensure continuing compliance, the Animal Care & Use Office, acting on behalf of the IACUC, conducts quality assurance for active, IACUC-approved protocols on a semi-annual basis.
Quality assurance can occur in one or more of the following ways:
- Random selection
- Scheduled visit with a member of the IACUC Compliance Staff
- Follow-up on a past issue of non-compliance
- At the request or suggestion of the investigator or laboratory personnel
Quality assurance can be carried out at any time by either visiting a laboratory with an IACUC-approved protocol, or by visiting any of the campus-wide animal housing facilities. As part of this visit, a member of the IACUC Compliance Staff or their designee will compare what is described in the approved protocol with the techniques and procedures being conducted on animals.
In addition to reviewing procedures, other aspects of the project and facility will be examined. These may include, but are not limited to:
- Training of individuals in the laboratory
- The storage and expiration dates of pharmaceuticals
- Appropriate euthanasia methods
- Personnel and animal safety issues
- Appropriate record-keeping
- Ensuring that the number of animals procured, bred, and used do not exceed the number of animals listed on the approved protocol
- General laboratory maintenance
Any issues of non-compliance will be reported to the IACUC to determine the appropriate course of action.