Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

The Central Michigan University Animal Welfare Assurance charges the Vice President for Research as the Institutional Official (IO) responsible for ensuring that all research involving animals conducted at Central Michigan University is in compliance with the Animal Welfare Act, Public Health Service regulations and all other relevant state and federal regulations. The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is charged by the Animal Welfare Assurance and the Animals on Campus Policy with reviewing and approving all animal use activities related to teaching, research or outreach.

The IACUC at CMU uses The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals ("The Guide"), as well as guidelines published by the American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA) to establish standards of practice and standards of performance for acceptable use of animals in teaching, research, and outreach. These standards are reflected in the policies and guidelines that the IACUC has put in place. Policies and guidelines can be referenced by researchers to simplify protocol writing. Deviations from policies and guidelines must be described in an IACUC-approved protocol and scientifically justified.

Policies, guidelines and other useful links can be found along the right side of this page. Required training in animal research protections is available through the CITI Program. 

To report a research concern, click the "Report a Research Concern" link at the bottom of this page or contact the Office of Research Compliance. If you have any questions about the CMU Animal Research Protection Program or about the operation of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, please contact us at 989-774-7313.


Tell Us How We're Doing

Comments about the program, concerns about operations, or suggestions for improvement are always welcome. Please direct them to the Director of the Office of Research Compliance, Dr. Robert Bienkowski.


Effective January 1, 2016, all IACUC protocol and amendment submissions must be done using IRBNet. If you need training or assistance with IRBNet, please contact the IACUC Coordinator or the Office of Research Compliance. All forms for protocol submission will only be located within IRBnet as of January 1. For additional information, please contact the IACUC Coordinator at 989-774-7313.


Updated 3/7/2017

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