The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is established by federal mandate at institutions that use laboratory animals for research, teaching, research training, and testing to oversee and evaluate all aspects of the University's animal care and use program. The IACUC is a self-regulating entity that derives its authority from two primary sources:
The 1985 amendment of the latter act provides legislative authority for enforcing PHS policy, and established the organization and operation of an IACUC. The IACUC also reviews activities involving animals for compliance with other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and guidelines. Institutional policy requires review of all research, teaching, and testing activities involving any vertebrate animals.