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), Guidelines and Principles of the United States Public Health Service Policy 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 by clicking the SharePoint tab (in red) or accessing the IACUC SharePoint site (please note that this access requires a UTK NetID).