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Summer 2016


AAALAC site visit scheduled for June 6-10

AAALAC LogoOhio State’s Animal Care and Use Program is accredited by AAALAC International. This requires an independent review of our program and facilities every three years. The site visit has been scheduled for June 6-10. The site visit team will be visiting animal housing locations and select animal use areas. Labs will be notified directly if the AAALAC site visitors request to review your lab space. Information to help prepare you and your lab for the site visit can be found in the Spring 2016 Newsletter. Additional information on AAALAC can be found on their website. If you have any questions, please contact or

ULAR veterinary best practices news

Guidelines for rodent specific veterinary best practices have been updated to include analgesia and anesthesia recommendations. The following updates can be viewed on the ULAR website:

Assessment checklist for IACUC approved activities

Assessment Checklist ImageA self-assessment checklist is available for investigators and lab members conducting IACUC approved activities. It gives lab members the opportunity to raise awareness of IACUC requirements while promoting best practices within the laboratory. This self-assessment checklist can be used periodically to assist lab personnel in identifying and evaluating the IACUC activities performed. To access the self-assessment checklist, visit the Investigator Guidance page on the ORRP website. You are encouraged to use the self-assessment checklist in preparing for inspections, including semi-annuals. Check the website frequently for updates.

The IACUC thanks all members of the Animal Care and Use Program at Ohio State for making progress toward improvements in the program. This was reflected positively in the recent semiannual inspections conducted February 1 through April 12, 2016. Keep up the good work!

Revised controlled substances policy and
forms take effect June 1

The Individual Investigator Use of Controlled Substances in Non-Therapeutic Research policy describes the responsibilities of the university, registrants and authorized agents who use controlled substances in animal, cell culture or in-vitro analytical laboratory research. The policy specifically addresses responsibilities to comply with DEA and State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy requirements concerning the administration, handling, storage, destruction and/or transfer of controlled substances used in such research. 
The policy revision, which is effective June 1, 2016:
  • incorporates regulation changes
  • requires background checks to be performed for anyone with access to controlled substances
  • centralizes registration and administration at the college level
  • sets training and inspection standards
  • standardizes record keeping requirements
  • formalizes current university practices and provides clarity for a university-wide audience
An overview of the university’s controlled substances program and updated, required forms to be used for documenting the receipt, use, waste, loss/theft, transfer or disposal of controlled substances in research as well as authorized agent lists are available on the “Controlled Substances” page of the Office of Research Compliance website.
For answers to frequently asked questions, visit
View the entire revised Individual Investigator Use of Controlled Substances in Non-Therapeutic Research policy at (available after June 1).



All policies developed by the Ohio State Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee to assist investigators and staff with their research are available on the IACUC Policies page of the ORRP website. Policies and standard operating procedures (SOPs) are reviewed on a regular basis to ensure that they continue to meet regulatory requirements.
Revised: Expectations for USDA Covered Non-Rodent Species Undergoing Anesthesia Events.The policy title was modified from Surgery Policy for USDA Covered Species (non-rodents). It is important to note that the revisions cover anesthetic events for USDA species. In addition, the post-operative/anesthesia care requirements have been clarified.
The IACUC has withdrawn the Policies of Colleges, Offices and Other Entities Involved in the Animal Research Program policy, and the Antibody Production policy. Additional guidance on these topics can be found on the Investigator Guidance page of the ORRP website.


Receiving animals that have had procedures performed

If you will receive animals that have had a procedure performed at another location or on another protocol, information pertaining to that procedure should be disclosed in the Timeline section within e-Protocol.

IACUC protocol assurance reminder for an adverse event

eProtocol LogoWhen an animal protocol is submitted into the review cycle, investigators are prompted to read and verify a list of assurances. One of the assurances states that “I will promptly notify the IACUC and the clinical veterinarian regarding any serious adverse events and unanticipated problems that impact the well-being of the animals involved in this work…” An adverse event is an unanticipated outcome in the research that impacts the well-being of an animal. Please contact your clinical veterinarian at with questions.
  • AAALAC site visit scheduled June 6-10
  • ULAR veterinary best practices news
  • Assessment checklist for IACUC approved activities
  • Revised controlled substances policy and forms
  • IACUC policies
  • Reminders

Upcoming IACUC meeting dates

May 20, 2016
June 17, 2016
July 15, 2016
August 19, 2016

All sessions take place at 12:30 p.m.
Additional information about submission deadlines can be found on the IACUC Meetings webpage.

ULAR training sessions

Facility Introduction and Mouse Overview

May 24 (1 p.m.)

June 9
(10 a.m.)
June 28 (1 p.m.)

July 14 (10 a.m.)
July 26 (1 p.m.)

August 11 (10 a.m.)
August 23 (1 p.m.)
Rodent Survival Surgery

May 17 (10 a.m.)
June 21
(10 a.m.)
July 19 (10 a.m.)
August 16 (10 a.m.)

Class sizes for ULAR training sessions are limited to 15 registrants.
To register: Call 292-5094, email ulartraining or visit the research calendar.
Individual sessions may be arranged for protocol-specific techniques by completing the Training Request Form on the ULAR Training webpage and emailing it to the ULAR training coordinator at

Office of
Research Units

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Office of Responsible Research Practices – Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
Research Administration Building, 1960 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: 614-688-8457 | Fax: 614-688-0366 | Email the IACUC

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