DePaul University Research Services > Research Protections > Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC) > Getting Started
If at any point you have questions regarding the IACUC review process, please feel free to contact the Office of Research Services Research Protections staff at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Animal use protocols must receive final approval from the IACUC before a researcher may acquire, house, or use animals for research, research training, teaching, experimentation, biological testing, exhibition, and related activities.
All scientists, animal technicians, and other personnel involved in animal care, treatment, and use for research, research training, teaching, experimentation, biological testing, exhibition, and related activities (including observational studies) must complete appropriate training and/or instruction in the use and care of animals. To learn more about the training requirements, click here.
Please Note: If your project involves housing animals in the Research Support Facility (RSF), you must completed RSF orientation as well.
The development and submission of SOPs are required for the following:
Submit materials to email@example.com. No need to interoffice mail your protocol submission unless you are mailing a signed hard copy of the protocol application. If you are mailing a signed protocol application, please mail the signed document to Diana Alfaro, Office of Research Services. If you have specific questions on your protocol application, please contact Research Protections Staff, see IACUC Contact page.
New protocols are reviewed by the full committee review. Please see Meetings page for more information.
The protocol will be reviewed at a convened IACUC meeting. After the committee meets to review your application, you will receive a written notification regarding the review decision within 5 business days from that meeting.
The IACUC will either grant:
*Conducting animal activities without IACUC approval is considered a noncompliance.
Once the IACUC has approved a project, the project must be conducted as approved. The investigator and the IACUC have additional responsibilities after approval of the protocol.
Changes in location, staff, or any other substantive change to the protocol must be approved by the IACUC before implementing the change. In order to submit a protocol change for review and approval you should complete and submit the Revision Form 200. Substantial changes to the protocol plan must be incorporated into the original research protocol, so that there is one document reflecting the current and complete protocol. If the change is limited to changes in personnel, you should complete and submit the Change in Personnel Form. Either form can be found on the Forms and Templates page. Forms and supporting materials should be submitted via email to the IACUC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The IACUC may ask for revisions to the amendment materials. You may not initiate the protocol changes until you receive written notification of approval for the revisions from the IACUC.
Approved protocols MUST be reviewed annually, and if the protocol will continue past the three-year anniversary it must be resubmitted in full as a new protocol. In order to renew the protocol, you must complete and submit the renewal form to the IACUC electronically via email, email@example.com. You must be sure to submit the application with sufficient time for review to ensure that the protocol is reviewed before the end of the annual review period. The IACUC cannot extend the protocol approval past the expiration date indicated in the approval letter.
Once the project is completed you must notify the IACUC and officially close the protocol. The renewal form should be used to provide this report and the investigator should be sure to include:
The IACUC meets with individual investigators to discuss their concerns and questions about the Guide, but also to talk to investigators to better understand their research protocols and any animal care issues for a particular protocol. These meetings are intended to be educational for the IACUC members, as well as for the investigators. In addition, the IACUC conducts post-approval monitoring activities including the review of protocols at the time of renewal, during routine veterinarian care and treatment visits to the facility.