The IACUC is a committee composed of practicing scientists experienced in research involving animals, specialists in veterinary medicine, animal care technicians, non-scientists and lay representatives. The Committee serves to assure that live vertebrate animals used in research, teaching, and biological testing are used and cared for in an ethical and humane manner and to ensure compliance with federally mandated rules and regulations.
IACUC responsibilities include:
- At least once every 6 months, reviews the research facility's program, using USDA Regulation/Guide.
- At least once every 6 months, inspects all Institutional animal facilities, including animal study areas and satellite facilities, using USDA Regulations/Guide.
- Prepares reports of IACUC evaluations and submits the reports to the Institutional Official.
- Reviews and investigates legitimate concerns involving the care and use of animals at the Institution's research facilities resulting from public complaints and from reports of non-compliance received from Baylor personnel.
- Makes recommendations to the Institutional Official regarding any aspect of the Institution's animal program, facilities, or personnel training.
- Reviews and approves, requires modifications in (to secure approval), or withholds approval of those components of proposed activities related to the care and use of animals.
- Reviews and approves, requires modifications in (to secure approval), or withholds approval of proposed significant changes regarding the care and use of animals in ongoing activities.
- Suspends activities involving animals when necessary; takes corrective action, and reports to funding agency and USDA.