The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is a federally mandated committee, qualified through the experience and expertise of its members, that oversees its institution’s animal program, facilities, and procedures. It provides a framework for compliance with federal policies, guidelines and principles related to the use of animals in research, teaching and testing. The accredited program is the University of Tennessee Knoxville Area (UTK).
USDA and PHS require institutions using animals to appoint an IACUC and charge it with specific responsibilities.
To ensure compliance with all federal, state and UTK regulations, policies and standards in place to protect animal welfare, IACUC members review all requests for approval to use vertebrate animals. It also conducts inspections of all areas where animals are housed and used and reviews the institutional program for animal use.
The UTK policies for animal care and use encompass regulations of the Animal Welfare Act as amended (Public Law 99-198 – The Improved Standard for Laboratory Animals Act), Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (8th Ed.) and The Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Research and Teaching. The UTK IACUC is accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC).
A representative or committee member of the IACUC is available to work directly with investigators upon request. This can be a valuable resource for novice researchers as well as the more experienced investigators on campus. Check the IACUC listing for a representative in your department or administrative section found on the IACUC SharePoint site by clicking the “Principal Investigator IACUC Protocol Folders” link on the menu located on the left-side of the screen. (This site requires permission to access as well as a UTK NetID and password). For additional information, contact the IACUC Office at (865) 974-5547 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.