April 2008 http://www.iacuc.ufl.edu/ Volume 5, Issue 4
Spring Inspections are here...
Semi-annual inspections of all UF animal
housing and procedure areas begin April 1 and
run through May 30. Labs are typically notified
the week before inspectors will be in their area.
This is a good time to look at your standard lab
practices and see if you're maintaining the lab
properly. For example, have your protocols
available in the room, properly dispose of
expired drugs or at least have them marked
as expired and held separately from current
drugs, and make sure to label all solutions
and supplies in your lab with expiration date.
See an inspection checklist at
Please contact Joan Wysocki at 392-9907 or
iwysock(@ufl.edu if you have any questions.
Important note about Animal Contact
As you know, the Animal Contact Program is
how the University ensures all individuals who
will come into work-related contact with ani-
mals are formally enrolled in the Occupational
A relatively recent improvement to our
program is the implementation of a 3 year
renewal policy. Unless directed by an
Occupation Medicine healthcare provider to
submit more frequent Risk Assessment
updates, all individuals with work-related
animal contact are required to submit a three
The form is available at -
If you open the MS Word version you can type
directly onto the form and then print it for
signatures and submission. Do not forget to
include either a Purchase Order number or a
Purchase Card number.
Each individual's current enrollment status is
tracked by either EH&S staff, the IACUC staff,
or their respective Departmental staff.
Individuals not in a current Occupational
Medicine program status will be denied
permission to have contact with animals as
part of their work duties.
Rauponding to (Dcomments in mylAGCC. When
the Designated Reviewer (DR) has asked you
to make changes to a protocol, please make
sure to change the body of the protocol itself.
You will also need to respond to the change
request, but information must be in the body of
the protocol because all comments will be
deleted when the protocol is approved. Also,
the PI has to hit the button Submit Changes in
order for the DR to read the changes made to
Protocolchiangesfor IACVC FTul Committee
meetings have a deadline. When a protocol is
called for discussion at an IACUC meeting, the
PI and DR have a week or two to correspond
about the protocol and changes needed. All
changes to the protocol must be completed
before noon on the Friday before the meeting
in order for the protocol to be discussed at the
meeting. Even if you are in the process of
making changes, the protocol will lock up at
noon and you won't be able to save your
changes at that time.
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Editor: Joan Wysocki, Training & QA Coordinator
UF IACUC P.O. Box 100142 -Gainesville, FL 32610
Tel: (352) 392-9907 Fax: (352) 392-9919
Send suggestions and comments to iwvsock~Oufl.edu
The IACUC at the University of Florida is committed
to ensuring that all animals used for experimental
purposes are treated humanely and that pain and
stress are minimized. We are an AAALAC accredited
institution since 1965.