The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) forms the foundation for effective self-regulation of animal care and use and is responsible for reviewing all protocols involving live vertebrate animals, ensuring compliance with federal regulations, inspecting animal facilities and laboratories and overseeing training and educational programs. The overall role of the IACUC is to ensure the humane and sensitive care and use of animals.
The IACUC provides assistance to investigators in fulfilling their obligation to plan and conduct animal experiments in accord with the highest scientific, humane, and ethical principles.
The School of Medicine provides a full-time IACUC Coordinator and support staff to handle the day to day affairs of the Committee.
Since membership on the Committee is on a voluntary, part-time basis, Case Western Reserve University has a full-time IACUC staff to handle the day to day affairs of the Committee. The staff receives, reviews, and distributes all submissions to the IACUC, such as animal protocols, annual reviews, protocol amendments, and facility access requests. See the Contact Us page for information.