Montclair State University has established an institutional committee competent to oversee the institution’s animal program, facilities and projects involving the use of animals. This committee has been designated as the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). The IACUC is devoted to the principle of carrying out meaningful scientific research through the use of laboratory animals in accordance with humane standards.
The primary function of the IACUC is to assist our faculty, students and staff in upholding the University’s determination to assure the finest care and most humane utilization of our laboratory and wild animals. To this end, every research, testing and teaching project involving the use of a live vertebrate animal must be reviewed and approved by the IACUC prior to initiation. The flow chart linked here will help you in determining if IACUC approval is required:
Please note that if you are unsure whether your planned animal work requires traditional IACUC approval, the IACUC has made available an IACUC Project Determination Form that will notify the IACUC of your proposed activity. You will receive a determination letter within 3-5 business days acknowledging the activity and providing next steps if required.
The IACUC, therefore, shares with the investigator the responsibility for the ethical decisions made regarding the care and use of animals. The investigator, however, assumes the principal responsibility, and it is the investigator as well as other personnel involved in the care and use of animals that ultimately assures the fulfillment of the institutional commitment to the values stated in this document and the continuance of animal-based research at these institutions.
View IACUC 101 Slides for basic information about the IACUC process at Montclair State University.
- IACUC Chair:
- Lisa Hazard, PhD
- IACUC Coordinator:
- Sabrina Jung
- Research Compliance Officer:
- Hila Berger
- Phone number:
Assurance Identification Number with the Office of Laboratory Welfare: D18-01026