Compliance/Accreditation Details for Grants and Contracts
Quick-Facts: Including Compliance, Accreditation, and Other Details Useful for Grants/Contracts
The University of Louisville Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) assumes responsibility for those functions delineated in the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, the Public Health Service (PHS) Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, and the Animal Welfare Regulations promulgated by the Animal Welfare Act. The animal care and use program maintains an active “Assurance of Compliance with Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals” (No. A3586-01) with the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW), which was most recently renewed on 19 August 2009, and expires on 28 February 2014. The UofL animal facilities operate under USDA registration No. 61-R-001-01. As an additional element of a rigorous and continuous self-evaluation, the IACUC performs semi-annual reviews of all facilities related to the animal care and use program, including all research laboratories where animals are taken for experimentation or instruction. Reports describing findings during these reviews are filed with the Institutional Official (Executive Vice President for Health Affairs).
The University has been recognized by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International (AAALAC) as one of two U.S. institutions that has maintained continuous accreditation since the organization was founded in 1965. The most recent AAALAC review, in March of 2010, revealed no mandatory items for correction, and commendations for many aspects of the animal care and use program including the IACUC, occupational health and safety program, maintenance by the Physical Plant, and animal husbandry/sanitation by the animal care staff. Also specifically commended was the outstanding support the program receives from University administration, as evidenced by major financial commitments for equipment purchases and facility renovation. In its letter of 12 July 2010, the Council on Accreditation confirmed Continued Full Accreditation with no additional suggestions for improvement.
The Research Resources Facilities (RRF) is the administrative and operational oversight unit responsible for managing and directing animal care for the institutional research program. It is supported by an experienced team of staff devoted to the care of animals used for research and education. The RRF Facilities Manager, with over 40 years’ experience in operating animal facilities, oversees approximately 45 supervisory, animal husbandry, and cage wash technicians, most of which have attained certification by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS). In addition to the Director, the RRF Veterinary Care staff includes three additional veterinarians and three veterinary technicians with expertise in the care of laboratory animals. Two of the veterinarians have achieved Diplomate status in the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM). The RRF Director has been associated with AAALAC for many years and has been elected as an officer (Section Leader) on the Council on Accreditation. The RRF maintains a proud tradition of service to the UofL faculty, and focuses its efforts on sustaining sound research by minimizing variables associated with environmental conditions and animal distress.