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Collaborating Investigators, Subcontractors, & Non-DePaul Personnel

Many research projects involve collaborators or personnel who are not DePaul students, faculty or staff. These collaborators or non-DePaul personnel may be at other academic institutions. When activities will be conducted at another institution that has their own IACUC, collaborators do not need to meet DePaul training requirements provided that the collaborators have fulfilled local educational requirements mandated by the IACUC at their own institution. Collaborators may provide documentation of training from their local institution or a copy of the local IACUC approval, which would signify they have met the training requirements locally.

If the collaborator or other non-DePaul personnel will be conducting any animal related activities at DePaul, they would need to meet the DePaul training requirements. If they have completed similar training at their local institution, the DePaul IACUC may accept documentation of training from the collaborator's local institution, if it is comparable to DePaul’s training. The IACUC will make this determination on a protocol per protocol basis.

When an activity involves collaborators or other personnel who do not have an IACUC or a local equivalent, which might be possible when conducting activities in foreign countries or when conducting field studies using local people as assistants, the PI of the DePaul protocol must include in their protocol a plan for providing training to this personnel. The personnel will be actively involved in the conduct of the activity and will have direct contact with the animals utilized in the activity.

The training plan should include general animal care and use topics, species specific topics, and protocol-specific topics that would pertain to the person’s role in the activity with the ultimate goal of protecting the health and well-being of the animals and the health and safety of the person. The IACUC will need to approve this training that will either be submitted within the protocol application or Request for Approval of Alternate IACUC Training Methods.