Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is charged with overseeing Hackensack Meridian Health’s animal program, facilities, and procedures. The committee is composed of at least 5 members, including a veterinarian, a scientist with experience in animal research, a non-scientist, and a lay person of the community not affiliated with the institution, except as a member of the IACUC.
- Ensures that all laboratory research animals are treated humanely and receive care that is consistent with the Animal Welfare Act Regulations (AWAR), Public Health Service (PHS) Policy, IACUC Guidelines, and/or other applicable regulations, guidelines, and policies for the species and the type of research that is conducted.
- Reviews Hackensack Meridian Health’s program and facilities for humane care and use of animals, utilizing the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals as a basis for evaluation at least once every six months.
- Produces written reports with recommendations regarding any aspect of the Institution’s animal program, facilities, or personnel training.
- Investigates and reviews any reported concerns involving the care and use of animals at the Institution.
- Reviews all animal protocol applications and either approves, requires modifications in order to secure approval, or withholds approval of activities related to the care and use of animals.
Training for IACUC members, researchers, and staff is available through the CITI training system.