News and Notes
Semi-annual IACUC Inspections
Announcing the upcoming May-June semi-annual IACUC inspections of all areas on the Central and Waterfront Campus (CWC) where animals are housed, used or taken will begin on May 1 and will continue through June
Below are some of the things Committee members may look for or ask you about when they visit your lab:
- Your IACUC protocol and how you can access it
- How often the lab personnel meet with the PI to discuss modifications to the IACUC protocol or review the IACUC protocol
- Most recent certification of anesthetic vaporizer (annual certification required)
- Proper scavenging of volatile anesthetics
- Rodent Use Area sign posted next to areas where animal work is done
- Survival surgery area (make sure that there is a sterile field above the surgical area)
- Proper storage of controlled drugs, including a drug use log
- Unlabeled containers, expired drugs
- Carcass disposal
- Proper protective equipment (PPE, attire), for ABSL1, ABSL2, ABSL3 work
- Proper transportation of animals to and from the lab
- Documentation of monthly testing of eye wash stations in labs
Integrity Week "Cultivating Integrity" May 6-10
Information tables will be located at various locations throughout the CWC campus as well as on the West campus. Please look for future announcements in Research News.
NWABR Upcoming Education and Outreach Events
- June 4 - NWABR's Annual Dinner and Fundraiser, Seattle. Celebrating our life sciences community and honoring three visionary leaders. For additional information, please visit their site:
October 7-9: 3I's Conference for IACUCs, IBCs, IRBs, in Portland. Presented by NWABR and Massachusetts Society for Medical Research (MSMR). Highlighting biosecurity and research ethics with participation from the FBI and NIH's Office of Biotechnology Activities (OBA). Information available soon at: http://www.msmr.org/workshops.html
New education resource!
The IACUC is pleased to offer training and education for animal researchers from the AALAS Learning Library. You can read more about it and access the Learning Library from our education page.