Policies and Procedures

The University of Southern California Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) oversees USC’s animal programs, animal facilities, and policies ensuring appropriate care, ethical use and humane treatment of animals. The USC IACUC is a committee formed by animal using scientists, scientists that do not use animals, non-scientists (e.g. biosafety and radiation safety specialists), veterinarians, and finally, public members not affiliated with USC. The IACUC serves as a resource to faculty, technicians, students, staff, and administrators, providing guidance in fulfilling the obligation to plan and conduct all animal use procedures required for research, teaching, and testing at USC.

Oversight by the IACUC starts with the IACUC protocol. Through the protocol review process, the IACUC draws upon the collective experience of its members to advise PIs on project feasibility in addition to regulatory compliance issues related to the PI’s intended animal use. The IACUC meets twice each month to review protocol submissions.