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IACUC FAQ General Information

How long does it take to get IACUC approval? What can I do to expedite the process?

Do not wait until the last minute to submit your application. Approval can take 2-6 weeks. The more complete your application is, the quicker you may get approval. When completing the applications please observe the instructions in the form marks up on the right hand side. Incomplete and improperly completed forms may slow down the process.

What is AAALAC and why is it so important?

AAALAC is an accrediting organization that promotes the humane treatment of animals in science through voluntary accreditation and assessment programs. As an AAALAC accredited institution Kent State University has demonstrated that the University meets all legal requirements and is also going the extra step to achieve excellence in animal care and use.

Do I have to be present for the semiannual inspections?

Either you or an experienced lab member who is aware of all animal care and use activities occurring in the lab must be present for inspection. If an experienced member cannot be present please contact the IACUC office and facility supervision so that an alternate date/time can be arranged.

I expect to get extramural funding for a project. What do I need to do?

In accordance with federal policy, the institution must ensure that the procedures in any federal grant are accounted for in an approved IACUC protocol. Sponsored programs will notify the IACUC office of the potential for a grant and the IACUC office will initiate a congruency review.

When does my project expire, do I have to submit an annual review?

The IACUC office may send an annual review/new protocol due reminder notice to you by email as a courtesy. However, please note that it is the responsibility of the principal investigator to be aware of the study expiration date and submit the required materials in a timely manner. Operating outside of approval dates is considered noncompliant. Please remember: After three years (the original protocol approval, followed by two (2) annual reviews), a new protocol submission is required. Please submit annual review forms at least 2 weeks prior to the expiration date. For projects continuing beyond three years please submit the necessary forms no later than 6 weeks prior to their expiration. Please remember to observe meeting dates should your project require full board review.

How do I modify my study?

You must complete, submit, and receive the approval of a modification request form. This form can be found at IACUC Forms.

How do I add personnel to an already open study?

To add personnel to an already open study you must submit and complete and addition of personnel form. When completing the form please complete it according to the form mark ups on the right hand side and be sure to list Occupational Health and Safety and Animal Care and Use course completion dates. You will receive an approval email from the IACUC office. Failure to complete the forms properly may result in a delayed approval time.

What training/education is required of me and for people working in my lab?

All personnel must have completed and passed the Occupational Health and Safety and Animal Care and Use courses. All personnel must be properly trained in the procedures they will be required to perform. All training must be logged.