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Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC)

News and Announcements

Post date 10-11-2022 Announcement:

The Director of Research Compliance will be on maternity leave from October 12th, 2022 until January 4th, 2023.  Please forward all IACUC inquiries to the emailbox or to Janine Kirin at You may also contact the IACUC Chair, Jason Bystriansky, at

Post date 1-21-2021 Announcement:

All new protocol submissions should be submitted via the new online eProtocol submission portal online at All older protocols will be added throughout the year as renewals come up for expiration.  The Office of Research Services will create a new form within the system to add all of the pertinent protocol information.  This new form will include all of the older and approved submission materials in the "attachments" tab.

Post date 7-20-20 Announcement:

CITI has created a special COVID back to campus module, which is available for free until September 30, 2020. There are three basic modules and three optional modules. We are providing the optional training for DePaul faculty, staff and students as a resource. Follow these instructions to access the training: COVID19 - Subscriber instructions for posting.pdf

Announcement: Revised version of Form 100 posted (Posted 2-19-2019)

The IACUC revised the form to indicate clearly that we want the total animal numbers for the three year approval period and not for the first year of the project.

Announcement: New IACUC Review Process, Veterinary Verification and Consultation (VVC) (Posted 2-22-17)

At the IACUC’s meeting on February 15, 2017, the IACUC approved the Veterinary Verification and Consultation (VVC) process for the following significant changes:

  • Changes in anesthesia, analgesia, sedation, or experimental substances
  • Changes in euthanasia to any method approved in the AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals AND
  • Changes in duration, frequency, type, or number of procedures performed on an animal (but not entirely new procedures)

Now amendments limited to the changes stated above may be reviewed through the VVC process. For more information on the VVC process, please review the IACUC’s VVC SOP on the IACUC’s Policies and Procedures webpage

Please Note: All amendments to an approved IACUC protocol must still be submitted to the Office of Research Services - Research Protections section at Once you submit your amendment to the Office of Research Services - Research Protections, ORS IACUC staff will conduct a pre-review of your submission, ensure that the submission is properly recorded in the IACUC protocol records, and distribute your submission for review at the appropriate level of review.

Announcement: Research Support Facility (RSF) Access Request Form available on the IACUC website (posted 11-5-15)
On November 1, 2015 the Research Support Facility (RSF) released the RSF Facility Access Management Policy. The policy clearly indicates the standards and expectations for managing access to the RSF. All individuals who will need access to the RSF, will have to submit the RSF Access Request Form to the Director of the RSF for processing. All access requests must be made by an individual’s direct supervisor (i.e., either their Chair, faculty researcher [for student requests], or other applicable individual).  The RSF Request Form can be found on the IACUC Forms and Templates page.

Announcement: IACUC approves Holding Protocol Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) (posted 9-15-15)
On July 16, 2015, the IACUC approved a holding protocol and its companion SOP, which details the procedures that will be followed when animals are to be held on the IACUC approved holding protocol. The holding protocol allows for animals to be housed at DePaul and to receive standard daily care and feeding (as appropriate) until an investigator secures IACUC approval for their protocol specifying the use of those animals. For complete details, see the Policies & Procedures webpage for a copy of the SOP. 

Announcement: IACUC Releases Revised RSF Manual (posted 7-1-14)
As of July 1, 2014, the IACUC released the revised RSF Manual that goes more in-depth on the standard procedures for users of the Research Support Facility (RSF) and managing the animal care facility at DePaul. If you would like a copy of the RSF Manual, please email to obtain a copy. Copies are also available in the RSF Office. 

Announcement: Revised AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2013 Edition. (posted 4-29-13) 

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has released the AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2013 Edition. This edition replaces the AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2007 Edition.

The Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW), federal agency that oversees IACUCs, has already encouraged IACUCs to begin using the updated AVMA Guidelines when reviewing proposed IACUC protocols. OLAW is requiring that all institutions under their purview implement the updated Guidelines by September 1, 2013. DePaul’s IACUC will begin using the updated AVMA Guidelines as of May 1, 2013. This means that all ongoing and newly proposed IACUC activities will be subject to the revised AVMA Guidelines.

To read the Executive Summary of the AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2013 Edition please visit:

To read the AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2013 Edition, please visit:

To read the Federal Register Notice on Implementation of the Updated AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals please visit: