Fall 2023 Semi-Annual IACUC Facility Inspections Begin

August 1, 2023 8:30 AM
Animal housing locations and laboratories across campus

Winter 2023 facility inspection checklist reminder iconThe Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC) will begin its next round of semi-annual facility inspections on Tuesday, August 1, 2023. Inspections will run through September and include any animal rooms, surgical suite support spaces, and areas where procedures are conducted with animals.

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 laboratory focus, having a designated Laboratory Spokesperson present who is knowledgeable about the pertinent animal use is strongly recommended. Individuals can be assigned via the Manage Visit Spokesperson tab in eRAM.
  • During facility inspections, inspectors must be provided access to locked cabinets, drawers, and storage areas that store drugs and medical materials

Preparation Resources

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:


Questions about semi-annual inspections should be directed to the Animal Care & Use Office at acuoffice@umich.edu.

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