312.02.07 - Animal Care and Use

A. Institutional Policy

Georgia State University strictly adheres to the Public Health Service policy on the care and use of animals in research. This policy applies to all procedures involving live animals, whether classroom, research laboratory, funded or unfunded and conducted at this institution, or at another institution as a consequence of subgranting or subcontracting arrangements. The university has established an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) to oversee research involving animals.

B. Research Protocols

The Office of Sponsored Programs coordinates the review and approval of applications/protocols for research involving vertebrate animals. Requests for approval should be submitted to the Office of Sponsored Programs at least two weeks in advance of the grant deadline and must include a copy of the complete scientific portion of the grant and a completed application for approval of research using animals. If the complete scientific portion of a protocol is not available at the time the request for approval is submitted to the IACUC, the investigator must submit sufficient information in a rough draft, including an abstract, so that the committee can knowledgeably review the protocol. When the grant application is complete, the investigator must send a copy of the final application to the IACUC via the Office of Sponsored Programs.

A full committee review will always be conducted. The investigator will be notified in writing of the review decision. If approval is withheld or contingent upon modifications, the reasons will be fully stated. The committee may approve the protocol as submitted, approve the protocol with modifications, or reject the protocol. A letter announcing the committee's decision will be sent to the investigator. If the protocol is approved with modifications, the investigator will be notified and must indicate in a letter to the Chairman of the committee that the modifications will be incorporated into the protocol. After the changes are reviewed, a letter will be sent to the investigator indicating that the protocol is approved as modified.

All protocols must be reviewed yearly and must be resubmitted to the IACUC every three years even if there are no changes. Requests to amend and/or continue research with approved protocols must be submitted to the Office of Sponsored Programs for IACUC review. Amendments must be reviewed and approved by the committee before any changes are implemented. Changes might include, but are not limited to, changes in species, changes in the number of animals needed, changes in anesthetic, addition of a period of prolonged restraint, a new surgical procedure, or use of a different infectious agent, etc.

C. Instructional Protocols

All instructional activity using live vertebrate animals must be approved by the IACUC. An instructional protocol is one that is used in the laboratory component of a class offered at Georgia State University. Instruction/Training protocols must be submitted to the Office of Sponsored Programs. Training includes students preparing an Honors thesis, undergraduate research, thesis research or dissertation research. If part of an ongoing research project, student training should be included under a faculty investigator's protocol. If this training is not part of an ongoing research project, the student must request approval. Proposed new courses using live vertebrate animals must be submitted to the IACUC for approval prior to their submission to the College Curriculum Committee. If a laboratory course carrying the same number is taught by more than one faculty member during the quarter or the year, only one protocol should be submitte, listing as principal investigators all faculty members involved in the course and designating a faculty member responsible for insuring that all guidelines are observed. All laboratory exercises and student training must be carried out under the direct supervision of a person experienced in the care and use of laboratory animals. A narrative description of the project must be submitted along with a completed application.

The IACUC will meet as necessary during the academic year to review protocols and changes in the operation of the animal facilities. IACUC members may not review or vote on applications in which they are personally involved, nor contribute to the constitution of a quorum. Consultants without voting privilege may be invited to assist in the review of complex issues.

Further information may be obtained from the Office of Sponsored Programs.

(Source: Vice President for Research, August 5, 1996)