Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

Review Process

The IACUC Review Process at Lehman College

Initial Review Process

  • Submit an APPLICATION FOR APPROVAL FOR PROJECTS INVOLVING VERTEBRATE ANIMALS to the IACUC office, located in Shuster, Rm. 303. Electronic submissions of applications are acceptable; however, a signed hard copy must be delivered to Shuster, Rm. 303 for filing. In addition, each investigator and their key personnel must complete CITI Animal Subject Training and certification must be submitted to the IACUC office in Shuster, Rm. 303.
  • The IACUC committee reviews the protocol to determine if it falls under designated member review, which can be done by e-mail. The protocol is initially sent to the veterinarian, who is given seven days to complete the review and return it to the IACUC office. Any comments along with the protocol are then forwarded to the remainder of the committee for their review. If no further comments are received and there is no request for a full committee review, a letter requesting clarifications and/or stipulations is sent to the investigator or if a recommendation to approve outright has been made, a Verification of Approval is sent.  This category includes continuing reviews, previously approved protocols that have been resubmitted or identical protocols submitted to different funding agencies, protocols with no direct animal use, e.g. funds will be used for salary support only (on a previously approved protocol), or use of shared animal products or slaughterhouse materials. Please note that every effort is made to move this process along; however, the speed of completion is dependent upon your speed of response to revisions.
  • If full committee review is needed, your proposal will be reviewed at a scheduled meeting. You will be informed of the IACUC’s meeting date, time, and location. You are encouraged to be available to answer any questions the committee may have during the meeting. If minor revisions are needed, your proposal will be approved awaiting your revisions. If substantive revisions are needed, your proposal needs to be revised and resubmitted for review at the IACUC’s next meeting.

Annual Update of Approval

  • Submit the ANNUAL REVIEW FORM to the IACUC office in Shuster, Rm. 303 prior to the protocol's date of annual review. Electronic submissions of application are acceptable. However, a signed hard copy must be delivered to Shuster, Rm. 303 for the file. In addition if an investigator or key personnel is added to the protocol, they must complete CITI Animal Subject Training and a certificate of completion must submitted to the IACUC office in Shuster, Rm. 303.
  • The IACUC Chair will review the application and the Administrator will inform you of the decision, usually within two weeks of receipt. If revisions are necessary, directions will be provided. Note that every effort is made to move this process along; however, the speed of completion is dependent upon your speed of response to revisions.

Protocol Amendments or Modifications - Prior to the Expiration or Annual Review date

  • Submit the APPLICATION FOR APPROVAL FOR PROJECTS INVOLVING VERTEBRATE ANIMALS for any changes to your study to the Shuster, Rm. 303 prior to implementing any changes to your protocol. Electronic submissions of applications are acceptable; however, a signed hard copy must be delivered to Shuster, Rm. 303 for filing. In addition, if an investigator or key personnel is added to the protocol, they must complete CITI Animal Subject Training and certification must be submitted to the IACUC office in Shuster, Rm. 303.
  • The IACUC Chair and the veterinarian will review the application and the administrator will inform applicants of the decision, usually within two weeks of receipt. If revisions are necessary, directions will be provided. Note that every effort is made to move this process along; however, the speed of completion is dependent upon your speed of response to revisions.

Contact the IACUC office at 718-960-8960, if you have questions or need additional instructions.

Last modified: May 17, 2013

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