Title: IACUC newsletter
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00091466/00008
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Title: IACUC newsletter
Series Title: IACUC newsletter
Physical Description: Serial
Language: English
Creator: Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, University of Florida
Publisher: Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: September 2008
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Volume ID: VID00008
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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September 2008 http://www.iacuc.ufl.edu/ Volume 5, Issue 8

Fall 2008 IACUC Inspections
begin October 1st
The IACUC will begin semiannual inspections of
all animal facilities on October 1. Inspections will
be conducted Monday-Thursday 9am-12noon &
1:30pm-4:30pm, and Friday 9am-12noon.
Inspections will not be done on Friday afternoons
or during IACUC meeting days (1st & 3rd Tuesday
of the month). The PI must make themselves
and/or a senior lab member available.

What will the IACUC be looking for during
inspections? Here are some areas of
Appropriate drug storage, control, and
expiration date monitoring
Expired supplies are separated, marked,
and/or disposed of properly
Routine calibration of anesthesia
Drug/controlled substances log
Approved protocols available in all
IACUC approval letters displayed on
doors if animals are housed in facilities
other than ACS
Separate surgery areas for prep,
procedure, and recovery
Aseptic technique used in all survival
In-lab SOPs for frequently used
Staff informed of "whistle-blower" policy
Staff knowledgeable of protocol
For housing areas, maintenance of SOPs
and logs recording animal care, room
cleaning, and environmental conditions

For a detailed list of what the IACUC will be
looking for on inspections, please see:

AAALAC Site Visit this Month
AAALAC International is a private, nonprofit
organization that promotes the humane
treatment of animals in science through
accreditation and assessment programs.
AAALAC stands for the "Association for
Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory
Animal Care."
When animals are used, AAALAC works with
institutions and researchers to serve as a bridge
between progress and animal well-being. This is
done through AAALAC's voluntary accreditation
process in which research programs
demonstrate that they meet the minimum
standards required by law, and are also going
the extra step to achieve excellence in animal
care and use.
Accreditation through AAALAC is important for
UF. Many funding agencies look for this
accreditation as one criterion for research
funding. It also opens the door to more
collaborative work with other institutions who
want to ensure that UF's animal care program is
meeting all mandated requirements.
AAALAC revisits all accredited institutions on a
three year cycle. Several members of AAALAC
will be at UF from September 29 through
October 2. UF investigators should have their
labs prepared and be available that week in case
the AAALAC visitors stop by. Also, any
investigators that house animals outside of ACS
central facilities must have all required
documents, such as housing form and animal
care sheets, available for inspection.


The Foundation for The Gator Nation
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.

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