The Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC) will begin its next round of semi-annual facility inspections on Tuesday, August 2, 2022.
Inspections will run through mid-September and include any animal rooms, surgical suite support spaces, and areas where procedures are conducted with animals.
We understand that your time is valuable and that each visit to your lab requires some time away from your research. We thank you for your patience and cooperation during this busy time leading up to, and throughout, the early portion of the Fall 2022 semester.
Inspection Notifications & Reminders
Inspection schedules and reminders will be sent to each PI/Study Team member based on the buildings/rooms on animal use protocol(s) in eRAM. Inspection notices and reminders are automatically sent by eRAM at 2-week and 4-day intervals leading up to the assigned inspection date.
When reviewing the schedule, please note that all facility inspections, including lab visits, will start as early as 8:30 AM.
Each ULAM-focused inspection will begin in SPF animal housing areas, though this may be altered if there are contaminations.
The following also applies:
- For inspections with a ULAM focus, only ULAM Husbandry Supervisors need to be present
- For inspections with a lab focus, having a Lab Representative present who is knowledgeable about the pertinent animal use is highly recommended
- During facility inspections, inspectors must be provided access to locked cabinets, drawers, and storage areas that store drugs and medical materials
We strongly encourage you to review the following tools and resources with your staff, including any students involved with research in your lab, to help prepare for inspections:
- Lessons Learned from Winter 2022 Semi-Annual Facility Inspections (website article)
- Are You Inspection Ready? Checklist (PDF download)
- Aquatics Facilities Checklist (PDF download)
On behalf of our IACUC, we hope you join us in embracing these visits as an opportunity to engage in active dialogue and evaluation of the practices that promote the humane, safe, and responsible use of animals in research at the U-M.
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