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 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 instances:

  1. Invertebrate animals, other than cephalopods.

  2. Embryos (e.g., unhatched reptile and amphibian eggs, bird eggs prior to the start of hatching, larval fish less than 7 days post-fertilization).

  3. Whole-bodied, dead animals not regulated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), which include cold-blooded vertebrates, birds prior to the start of hatching, rats (Rattus only), and mice (Mus only).

  4. Animal tissues or parts collected from animals euthanized under an approved IACUC protocol.

  5. Established cell lines, as well as biological fluids and foods available as standard inventory from a conventional commercial supplier.* 

  6. Animals or animal parts acquired from, for example, grocery stores or USDA-registered slaughter facilities.

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

Related Animal Care A-Z Documents


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.