Volume 9 Research
Chapter 0109 Policy for Investigation of a Complaint Regarding Animal Care & Use
Responsible Office: Laboratory Animal Services
Originally issued: 1/9/2003
The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) will investigate concerns involving the care and use of animals used in teaching or research at Georgia Health Sciences University. This includes claims by the public concerning any aspect of the animal care and use program or by employees or students who report alleged instances of animal abuse, violation of approved protocols or standard operating procedures, use of animals not covered by approved protocols, violation of any animal-related regulation or standard (such as the Animal Welfare Act, Public Health Service Policy, or Georgia Health Sciences University IACUC policy), or complaints regarding the care received by animals housed in the laboratory animal facilities.
Reason For Policy
Federal animal welfare regulations (under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), passed by the United States Congress in 1966) state that all employees or concerned parties must have the means to report deficiencies in animal care and treatment. Federal animal welfare regulations state that no facility employee, committee member, or laboratory personnel shall be discriminated against or be subjected to any reprisal for reporting violations of any regulation or standards under the animal welfare act.
Entities Affected By This Policy
This policy applies to all faculty, staff, and students of Georgia Health Sciences University as well as to the general public.
Who Should Read This Policy
All Georgia Health Sciences University faculty, staff, and students should be aware of this policy.
|Chair, IACUC||706 721-2180||http://www.georgiahealth.edu/research/animal/IACUC.HTM|
|Director, Laboratory Animal Services||706-721-3421||http://www.georgiahealth.edu/research/animal/|
|Compliance Coordinator||706 721-0198|
Animal Welfare Act and Regulations: http://www.nal.usda.gov/awic/legislat/usdaleg1.htm
All employees or concerned parties must have the means to report deficiencies in animal care and treatment, according to federal policy. At Georgia Health Sciences University, any complaint regarding animal care and treatment is to be made to the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), using the procedures outlined below. According to federal regulations, no facility employee, committee member, or laboratory personnel shall be discriminated against or be subjected to any reprisal for reporting violations of animal welfare regulations.
- All complaints regarding animal care and use should be made to the IACUC Chairman (who can be reached via contacting the Compliance Coordinator at 706-721-0198). The complainant’s identity will be kept confidential when requested. Anonymous complaints are acceptable if sufficient detail is provided to allow adequate investigation of the charges.
- The Chairman, if needed, can appoint a member or subcommittee to conduct a fact-finding investigation, which should include interviews with the involved parties.
- If the subcommittee described above will be considering a suspension of research, the involved faculty will be invited to the meeting to discuss the subcommittee’s questions and concerns.
- The Chairman may deem that additional faculty or staff should be interviewed at the subcommittee meeting to obtain necessary facts and may request their presence at the meeting.
- The subcommittee will then discuss the matter and make a decision by majority vote, outside of the presence of the involved faculty.
The responsibilities each party has in connection with Academic, Research, and Student Affairs Policy 9.0109, Policy for Investigation of a Complaint Regarding Animal Care & Use, are:
|Chair, IACUC||Investigate any complaint received regarding animal care or use.Appoint a subcommittee to help investigate said complaint.|
|Complaint subcommittee||Investigate the complaint and make a decision by majority vote.|