Animal Subjects Protections: Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

Animal Subjects Research

Federal regulations and accreditation standards require that all proposed uses of animals undergo review by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).

The IACUC is a faculty committee responsible for reviewing all animal use protocols, ensuring compliance with federal regulations, inspecting animal facilities and laboratories, and overseeing training and educational programs. The IACUC's primary role is to ensure the ethical and humane care and use of animals in research, testing and teaching.

The UC Merced IACUC reviews all projects (research, teaching or other) involving the use of live vertebrate animals.

This includes new or competitive renewal research proposals as well as the use of live vertebrate animals in teaching demonstrations and/or student laboratory studies.

This review is necessary for compliance with provisions of the Animal Welfare Act, for federal granting agencies, and for maintaining our Animal Welfare Assurance and USDA registrations.