Both the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and the Public Health Service (PHS) Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals mandate that every IACUC perform semi annual reviews of animal facilities and animal study areas. These regulations state that reports must contain any identified deficiencies, distinguish between significant and minor deficiencies, and contain a reasonable and specific plan and schedule for correcting each deficiency. Any failure to resolve a significant deficiency by the scheduled date set forth shall be reported to the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (NIH) and, if applicable, to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA).
Inspections are held over several days in mid-September and in mid-March. Check the calendar for exact dates. Schedules of specific lab visits will be announced prior to the inspection.
The PI of each lab (or designee who is knowledgeable about the animal care & use) is responsible for:
- Being present at the BIACUC semiannual inspection;
- Insuring that all records (e.g. controlled substance, environmental monitoring, etc) pertaining to the animal care or use are available for inspection; and
- Responding to the notification of deficiencies memo describing the resolution of the deficiency(s).