Updated IACUC Policies (August 2022)

The IACUC recently reviewed and updated a few policies. Please ensure that you review these updated policies if they apply to your research. See the list of updated policies here (the list would go into a separate page to avoid this section being so long):

 1. Education and Training Requirements: This document includes the training requirements before and after protocol approval. Importantly, the IACUC is providing a training checklist for researchers at Emory University, including the Emory Primate Center.   

2. NHP Restraint Guidelines: These guidelines provide the levels of restraint and monitoring requirements for NHPs.  

 3. Reporting Adverse Events: The Reporting Adverse Events Policy  provides a mean to fulfill a regulatory requirement to timely report all suspected Adverse Events (AE). An Adverse Event is the occurrence of an unforeseen event that negatively impacts the welfare of research animal(s), involving pain, distress, and/or death of the animal. 

4. Whistleblower: The Whistleblower Policy provides information to report concerns related to the use of animals in research can be reported in confidence to the IACUC office or any Veterinarian who will then forward these concerns to the IACUC office.  

5. Investigation of Animal Welfare Concerns: The Investigation of Animal Welfare Concerns provides detail on how the IACUC reviews and, if warranted, addresses animal-related concerns raised by institutional employees or the public. 

6.  Adoption Policy: This document establishes policy and provides procedures for adoption of research animals from Emory University 

7.  MPTP Guidelines: These guidelines recognize the scientific value of the MPTP model of parkinsonism and attempt to address the practical problems associated with the use of this agent. 

8. Blood Collection: These policy enables best practices for blood collection while minimizing the potential for pain, unnecessary stress, distress, or untoward effect in research animals.  

9. Complete Freund’s Adjuvant (PDF): Emory University permits antibody production using CFA according to the specific requirements in this policy. 

10 Prolonged Restraint (PDF): This policy defines what the IACUC considers to be “prolonged” physical restraint, and to establish guidelines for research protocols that use prolonged physical restraint 
in conscious research animals. 

The IACUC also approved the following Exemption for Using Single-Dose Non-Bacteriostatic Sterile Injectable Saline or Water. This exemption allows the Emory Research community to use single-dose non-bacteriostatic sterile injectable saline or water under  specific conditions. 

Additional resources including examples for completing Substance Administration procedures and Frequently Asked Questions for investigators can be found in the eIACUC SharePoint. 

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