Required Training for IACUC Members and Research Protections Staff

All IACUC members and Research Protections staff assigned to duties supporting the IACUC must complete basic initial IACUC/Animal research training and continuing education every three years.

Web Program
​Links
​CITI www.citiprogram.org

​AALAS Learning Library
http://www.aalaslearninglibrary.org/

BASIC INITIAL TRAINING

IACUC members and Research Protections staff are required to register for  “Essentials for IACUC Members" course, the “Working with the IACUC” course, and "Post-Approval Monitoring (PAM)" course under Animal Care and Use Courses. The following courses will be selected and added to the individual’s course list.

  • Working with the IACUC -- Investigators, Staff and Students, Lab Animal Research; (required) ;
  • Essentials for the IACUC – IACUC Chairs, Members and Coordinators, Lab Animal Research (required)
  • Post-Approval Monitoring (PAM) (required)

Working with the IACUC -- Investigators, Staff and Students, Lab Animal Research

The specific modules found in Basic Initial IACUC/Animal research training course called “Working with the IACUC” that must be completed are:

  • Working with the IACUC
  • Federal Mandates
  • The Veterinary Consultation
  • Getting Started
  • Alternatives
  • Avoiding Unnecessary Duplication
  • USDA Pain/Distress Categories
  • Endpoint Criteria
  • Personnel Training and Experience
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Euthanasia
  • Making Changes After You Receive Approval
  • Reporting Misuse, Mistreatment, and Non-compliance

Essentials for IACUC Members – IACUC Chairs, Members and Coordinators, Lab Animal Research

The specific modules found in Basic Initial IACUC/Animal research training course called “Essentials for IACUC Members” that must be completed are:

  • Introduction to the Essentials for IACUC Members
  • Responsibilities of the IACUC and IACUC members
  • The Members of the IACUC
  • The IACUC, the CEO and the IO
  • Authority of the IACUC
  • Conducting IACUC Business-The Quorum
  • Procedures for Reviewing Protocol Forms
  • Outcomes of Animal Protocol Reviews
  • The Types of Protocol Reviews
  • Documenting IACUC Actions
  • The IACUC Semi-Annual Self Evaluation
  • Performing the Facility Inspection and Program Review
  • Identifying, Documenting, and Correcting Deficiencies
  • Investigating Allegations of Improper Animal Care and Use
  • Maintaining the Public Trust

Post-Approval Monitoring

The Post-Approval Monitoring training course must be completed.

CONTINUING EDUCATION

DePaul requires that all individuals involved in the animal care and use program complete continuing education. Personnel must complete a minimum of 1 contact hour of continuing training/education every 3 years after initial training. For example, if you complete initial training on 12/1/12 you will be required to take continuing education prior to 12/1/15. The goal of continuing education is to keep research personnel current in their knowledge and to ensure personnel are informed of changes to PHS policy, the Animal Welfare Regulations, and DePaul policy and procedures.

IACUC members will complete continuing education by attending meetings and participating in the educational sessions provided at each meeting. Additionally, IACUC members may complete additional continuing education by any of the following methods:

  • Attending animal research training seminars presented at another institution or through national or regional training conferences focused on animal research. The seminar, conference, or training must be approved by Research Protections and RP must receive documentation of attendance from the individual.
  • Completing the CITI online Lab Animal Welfare Refresher training.
  • Completing training from the AALAS library. Research Protections must receive documentation of training from the individual.