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Committee Excerpts from the Policies & Procedures
Currently Under Review
The use of animal subjects in scientific and educational activities is governed by professional standards of ethical conduct as well as by Federal and State regulations which reflect the general concerns of society.
New York State Law mandated the establishment of an institutional animal care committee which shall be responsible for evaluating the care of all animals held for research, teaching, or other activities by the State University of New York or by other resources under college auspices. An animal care committee is required also by National Institute of Health policy and recommended by the Animal Welfare Act and the American Association for Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care. The National Institute of Health requires review of research protocols by the institutional animal care committee prior to submission of a grant application.
SUNY Plattsburgh is committed to humane care of laboratory animals in carrying out its research and training activities. To insure that its concern be implemented and, further, to insure its compliance with professional, State and Federal regulations and requirements for animal use, it has established an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) to be responsible for development and implementation of policies and procedures which will allow the college to fulfill these responsibilities and commitments.
Charge to the Committee
The IACUC shall serve as the advocate for the welfare of the animal subjects under study at this institution while representing and protecting the interests of the respective investigators and educators who use animals at this college.
The charge to this committee is to develop policies and procedures for the college faculty and staff for:
Structure of the Committee
The committee will meet at least once each quarter of the calendar year to fulfill its responsibilities. Specific functions will be carried out by one of four subcommittees to be appointed by the chairperson of the IACUC. These subcommittees are:
Authority of the Committee
The Full IACUC Committee - evaluates applications for use of animal in research and teaching under categories D and E of Biomedical Experiments and review annual updating of animal use applications submitted by investigators for humane care and treatment according to procedures listed below and the ethical guidelines listed above.
The committee is empowered to make on-site inspections and recommend suspension of any project using animals operating within the institution. In addition, the IACUC, through its chairperson, has the authority to take action during emergency situations in order to promptly rectify unacceptable conditions.
The committee has the authority to review and approve or disapprove all projects involving the use of animals in research or education. The chairperson has the responsibility to assign and make recommendations on matters of committee business to the appropriate subcommittees. The chairperson also has the authority to act as spokesperson for the IACUC.
In order to expedite the appropriate review and approval for animal use, each individual contemplating initiation of a project involving animals must adhere to the following:
For a complete copy of the Policies and Procedures of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee contact the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs, Kehoe 815.
For more information about Administrative Policies approved by Executive Council, please contact:
Sean Brian Dermody
Assistant to the Vice President for Administration
Management Services Office
Office: Kehoe 710-11
Phone: (518) 564-2539
Fax: (518) 564-2540