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Drugs Guidelines Policies

Additional Tools to Support the Responsible Use of Drugs, Substances, and Other Agents in Animal Studies

The Animal Care & Use Program has created three new tools to assist the U-M research community with navigating the many nuanced requirements for the proper administration and use of medical materials, drugs, agents, and other substances in animal studies: These tools are designed to complement existing resources such as the Quick Reference Sheet: Monitoring ...
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Facilities Guidelines Husbandry IACUC Policies Safety

Lessons Learned from Fall 2023 Semi-Annual Facility Inspections

The Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC) completed its latest round of semi-annual facility inspections in mid-September. These inspections are one of the most important tools we have for routinely assessing programmatic strengths and identifying areas for individual and collective improvement(s) in service to the animals entrusted to our care. Through this lens of ...
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Controlled Substances Drugs Guidelines IACUC Policies

Revised Policies, Guidelines Clarify Expectations for the Use of Expired Drugs and Medical Materials in Animals

We know that you rely on us โ€“ your Animal Care & Use Program partners โ€“ to provide the tools and resources necessary for safeguarding animal welfare while conducting sound scientific research. While it is clear that the administration and/or use of expired drugs and other substances can endanger animal health and compromise the validity ...
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Facilities Guidelines Husbandry IACUC Policies Safety

Lessons Learned from Winter 2023 Semi-Annual Facility Inspections

The Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC) completed its latest round of semi-annual facility inspections in mid-March. These inspections are one of the most important tools we have for routinely assessing programmatic strengths and identifying areas for individual and collective improvement(s) in service to the animals entrusted to our care. Through this lens of ...
Multi-colored graph showing common deficiency areas identified during Winter 2023 semi-annual IACUC facility inspections

Controlled Substances Drugs Guidelines IACUC Policies

New Resources to Promote Responsible Use of Drugs and Other Medical Materials

The appropriate use of drugs and other medical materials โ€“ fluids, vehicles, biologics, and drugs โ€“ is critical for protecting animal welfare, ensuring the validity of your results, and avoiding incidents of non-compliance. Given the seriousness of these concerns, recent updates to several programmatic documents, and an analysis of areas identified for continued refinement through ...
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Controlled Substances Drugs Guidelines Policies

GOLD Day Coming this May

The administration and/or use of expired drugs and other substances not only endangers animal welfare but could also compromise the validity of your results. Given the seriousness of these concerns and the potential for resulting non-compliance, the Animal Care & Use Program is announcing the first annual GOLD Day. Happening on Friday, May 5, 2023, ...
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Drugs Facilities Guidelines Husbandry IACUC Policies Safety

Lessons Learned from Fall 2022 Semi-Annual Facility Inspections

The Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC) completed its latest round of semi-annual facility inspections in mid-September. These inspections are one of the most important tools we have for routinely assessing programmatic strengths and identifying areas for individual and collective improvement(s) in service to the animals entrusted to our care. Through this lens of ...
Multi-colored graph showing common deficiency areas identified during Fall 2022 semi-annual facility inspections

Controlled Substances Drugs Guidelines IACUC Policies

Important Expectations & Updates: Use of Expired Drugs and Medical Materials in Animals

Earlier this fall, we shared several important updates that will impact our research operations moving forward, including preparations for the U-Mโ€™s next re-accreditation visit by AAALAC, International in Summer 2023. Today, we are providing additional information on two of these updates โ€“ the revised Policy on the Use, Storage, and Expiration of Substances, Agents, and ...
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Guidelines IACUC ULAM

Updated Guidelines for Humane Rodent Euthanasia

The Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC) has recently approved several important changes to the guidelines for humane rodent euthanasia. These changes are summarized below and available in the revised Guidelines for Rodent Euthanasia Procedures for Investigative Personnel document available on the Animal Care A-Z website. All personnel who perform rodent euthanasia, especially in ...
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Drugs Facilities Guidelines Husbandry IACUC Policies Safety

Lessons Learned from Winter 2022 Semi-Annual Facility Inspections

The Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC) completed its latest round of semi-annual facility inspections in mid-March. These inspections are one of the most important tools we have for routinely assessing programmatic strengths and identifying areas for individual and collective improvement(s) in service to the animals entrusted to our care. Through this lens of ...
Multi-colored graph showing common deficiency areas identified during Winter 2022 semi-annual facility inspections

Guidelines

Are Your Equipment Sanitization Processes Validated and Up to Date?

To help Principal Investigators (PIs) and their labs remain consistent with the guidance for equipment cleaning, sanitization, and testing outlined by the Guide for the Care & Use of Laboratory Animals, the Animal Care & Use Program has an established set of guidelines to formalize the cleaning process for all equipment that does not go ...
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