About Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC)
Mission Statement
The purpose of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is to assure that UTEP researchers care for and use animals in ways judged to be scientifically, technically, and humanely appropriate. The committee provides research oversight and evaluation of the institution's animal care and use program and facilities by ensuring compliance with federal regulations related to the proper care, use, and humane treatment of animals used in research, testing and education. The IACUC also provides assistance to investigators in fulfilling their obligation to plan and conduct animal research in accordance with the highest scientific and ethical principles.

The IACUC is mandated by the Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals; United States Department of Agriculture-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service; U.S. Government Principles for the Utilization and Care of Vertebrate Animals Used in Testing, Research and Training; Code of Federal Regulations, 1989, Title 9, Parts 1, 2, and 3 (Animal Welfare Final Rules); and in accordance with the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.
What are the Responsibilities of the IACUC?
The responsibilities of the committee include:
  1. Review of the institutions animal care program at least once every 6 months

  2. Physical inspection of the facilities at least once every 6 months

  3. Preparation of reports on the IACUC evaluations for the Institutional Official (IO)

  4. Review of all concerns involving the care and use of animals at The University

  5. Make recommendations to the IO regarding any aspect of the animal care program

  6. Review, approve, require modifications in (to secure approval), or withhold approval of animal care and use protocols

  7. Suspend activities involving the use of live vertebrate animals in noncompliance; take corrective action and report actions to the IO funding agencies

Reporting an Animal Welfare Concern
The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) is committed to performing animal-facilitated research in a humane and compliant manner. The UTEP Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) has a mandate to evaluate concerns regarding the care and use of animals at this institution. Concerns may be raised by staff, students, or employees of the institution; individuals in the community; or even members of the IACUC. If you have questions or concerns about animal care and use at UTEP, please contact us . If you prefer to remain anonymous, you can contact the University Compliance Help Line or send an email by using our comment box by clicking HERE.
IACUC Meeting Schedule

Spring & Summer 2017

Meetings are scheduled for every 4th Friday of each month. Dates may be subject to change.

Submission DEADLINE is the 5th of each month by 5:00pm. *Except where indicated*. Documents must be received and submitted on IRBNet by the deadline to be considered for review.

Submission Deadline IACUC Meeting

August 25, 2017
September 5, 2017
 September 22, 2017
October 5, 2017
 October 27, 2017
*October 23, 2017*
 November 17, 2017
*November 20, 2017*
 December 15, 2017
January 5, 2018
 January 26, 2018

NOTE: Refer to Policy 006 & Policy 011 for further guidance on review types (Full Committee vs Designated Member). Contact the IACUC office with any questions.
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