IACUC Policy: IACUC Member Training Policy
Policy # IBT-110.00 IACUC Approval: February 27, 2014

Purpose: 
The Guide for Care and Use of Laboratory Animals states that “it is the institution’s responsibility to provide suitable orientation, background materials, access to appropriate resources, and, if necessary, specific training to assist IACUC members in understanding and evaluating issues brought before the committee.”

Scope:
This policy is to provide and document a training program for IACUC members.

Responsibilities:
It is the responsibility of the Texas A&M Health Science Center to provide the necessary resources for adequate training.

It is the responsibility of the IACUC Office to:

  • Maintain individual records of training;
  • Provide IACUC Member Orientation as well as copies of relevant documents
  • Provide instructions for enrolling in and access to any online resources required;

It is the responsibility of the IACUC members to:

  • Complete all mandatory training described in this policy.
  • Submit copies of all training documents to the IACUC Office, if necessary.

Definitions:
AWA-Animal Welfare Act
CITI-Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative
IACUC-Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
NABR-National Association for Biomedical Research
OLAW-Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare
PHS-Public Health Service
SCAW-Scientists Center for Animal Welfare 

Procedure:
I.  All IACUC members are required to complete the following training prior to participation on the IACUC:
1)      iRIS Account: All IACUC members must have an iRIS Account for access to all protocol review materials. Training in the use of the iRIS account will be provided by the IACUC office.
2)      IACUC materials: Members will be given information on the purpose of the committee and the scope of the IACUC’s responsibilities, and what their responsibilities are as a member of the IACUC. They will also be provided guidance documents and relevant materials.
Electronic copies of the most recent Guide, IACUC Guidebook, PHS policy, AWA regulations,  AVMA euthanasia guidelines, and institutional policies.
3)      Essentials for IACUC Members-online training through CITI program 

II. Throughout the year, continuing education will be offered to refresh training and reinforce roles and responsibilities. Continuing education training may include the following:
1)      Formal group training sessions offered during regularly scheduled IACUC meetings, or meetings that are specifically scheduled for training.
2)      Webinars on IACUC related issues that may be offered by OLAW, NABR, SCAW, or other agencies.
3)      One-on-one training.
4)      iRIS training sessions.

III. The IACUC office will maintain files for all IACUC members that can include but is not limited to the following records:

  • Attendance at formal group or individual training sessions
  • Online training
  • Copy of resume/CV

All training documents will be made available by the IACUC Office to the IACUC, federal regulatory personnel, or any other qualified inspector on demand.

References:
1. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. US Animal Welfare Act (AWA 1990) and Regulations (PL-89-544, as amended, 7USC Ch. 54) 2008. CFR Title 9, Subchapter A - Animal Welfare. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C.
2. National Research Council. Institute for Laboratory Animal Research. 2011. Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. Public Health Service, Bethesda, MD.
3. Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/references/phspol.htm.

History:
Version 00 -  Initial approval – February 27, 2014