Excused Projects

Research personnel meet in office to discuss projectIn accordance with the Animal Welfare Act and Public Health Policy on the Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, all research, teaching, and testing projects utilizing vertebrate animals must be reviewed and approved
by the Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC).

IACUC review and approval is NOT required for projects in which animal use is limited to one or more of the following categories:

1. Non-Regulated Use

  • Invertebrate animals only;
  • Whole, dead animals not regulated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA),
    which include cold-blooded vertebrates, birds, rats (Rattus only) and mice (Mus only);
  • Internal animal tissues, fluids, organs, eggs, embryos, fetuses, etc. obtained commercially*
    or as a byproduct of another approved research project.

* Custom produced antibodies (using ascites) purchased commercially may require that the vendor have an active PHS Assurance per grant agency (e.g., NIH) requirements.

2. Non-Intrusive Field Research

  • Observation only
  • No manipulation of the animal or its environment

3. Animal Use Reviewed Under Approved Application

  • Applications where subprojects that use vertebrate animals, in conjunction with the grant application in question, must be individually submitted through eRAM, and reviewed and approved by the IACUC for animal work (e.g., program project, training grant, center grant, core grant).


If you have additional questions, or are unsure about whether or not your project requires IACUC review, please contact the Animal Care & Use Office at (734) 763-8028 or acuoffice@umich.edu.