OLAW/PHS Assurance No. A3586-01, Assurance Dates: February 2018 - February 2022
USDA Registration No. 61-R-001-01, Last Inspection Date: April 29, 2019
Most Recent AAALAC Accreditation Date: July 12, 2019
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 2 February 2018, and expires on 28 February 2022. 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 (Dean of the School of Medicine).
The University has been recognized by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International (AAALAC) as the only U.S. institution that has maintained continuous accreditation since the organization was founded in 1965. The most recent AAALAC review, in March of 2019, revealed no mandatory items for correction, and commendations for many aspects of the animal care and use program including the IACUC and IACUC Office, animal husbandry/sanitation by the animal care staff, the diligence of laboratory animal care staff, the knowledge/expertise of RRF veterinary staff, and the exemplary level of documentation by both the RRF/IACUC and laboratories. Also specifically commended was the high level of Institutional commitment and support to the Animal Care and Use Program at UofL. In its letter of 12 July 2019, the Council on Accreditation confirmed Continued Full Accreditation with no additional suggestions for improvement.