DePaul University Research Services > Research Protections > Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC) > About Us
The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is a federally-mandated research oversight committee charged with ensuring the proper care and humane treatment of live vertebrate animals used for research, research training, teaching, experimentation, biological testing, exhibition, and related activities at DePaul University. The objective of the IACUC is to oversee the use of animals in pursuit of advancing scientific knowledge and providing quality instruction, while requiring consideration of scientifically valid alternatives and refinements. The IACUC reviews all proposals for the use of live vertebrate animals, inspects the animal facilities, provides education, and ensures that animal research, research training, teaching, experimentation, biological testing, exhibition, and related activities are in compliance with legal statutes, ethical guidelines, and DePaul Policies.
DePaul University has an agreement or contract called an Animal Welfare Assurance with the federal Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) assuring that DePaul University is in compliance with the Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and the Guide for the Care and Use of Animals in Laboratory Research.
DePaul’s Animal Welfare Assurance number is D16-00657 (A4303-01). The current approval period will expire on July 31, 2022.
As of August 15, 2011, DePaul University terminated its Animal Welfare Act registration with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), since DePaul University does not currently have activities involving USDA regulated animals.
If you anticipate using USDA regulated animals research, research training, teaching, experimentation, biological testing, exhibition, and related activities, please contact the Office of Research Services Research Protections staff at firstname.lastname@example.org several months before the planned use will occur. The Office of Research Services will need to re-initiate registration procedures with the USDA at that time.
Please Note: You will not be able to receive or work with USDA regulated animals at DePaul University until DePaul is re-registered with the USDA. Failure to comply would be considered institutional noncompliance with the federal regulations pertaining to animal welfare.