IACUC Administration

Webinar Bundle: IACUC Administration

The IACUC Administration webinar bundle is made up of a curated selection of PRIM&R's recorded webinars, hand-picked to provide in-depth instruction. Developed and presented by experts, the webinars in this bundle offer insight into some of the fundamental concepts and challenges in IACUC administration, including making the most of your alternatives searches, reducing self-imposed regulatory burden, and reducing noncompliance.

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Included Webinars

Ethics, Scientific Merit Review, and Harm-Benefit Analysis in Animal Research


Speakers: Jerry Collins, PhD and Ernest D. Prentice, PhD

This webinar discusses implications of provisions of the 8th edition of the Guide around scientific merit review and harm-benefit analysis, including:

  • Defined key terms, including "scientific merit," and provide an overview of ethical principles applicable to animal research
  • Described harm-benefit analysis in animal research and discuss how to apply ethical principles to that analysis
  • Articulated the responsibility of the IACUC for scientific merit review, and distinguish it from the role of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Explored opposing ethical viewpoints related to animal research
  • Explained how the IACUC conducts scientific merit reviews in accordance with the Public Health Service (PHS) Policy, the 8th edition of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, and Animal Welfare Act (AWA) regulations

Participation in this 90-minute webinar counts as 1.5 CE credit hours.

Grant and Protocol Congruency for IACUCs


Speakers: Patricia A. Brown, VMD, MS, Diplomate ACLAM and Richelle Scales, CPIA

During this basic-level webinar, presenters discuss considerations for congruency reviews from the perspectives of the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare and an IACUC protocol analyst. Using scenarios and case studies from the field, the following topics were discussed:

  • Background on National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation and Department of Defense requirements for grant and protocol congruency: what is required and why? How can we use the federal requirements to guide congruency reviews?
  • The recent simplification of the Vertebrate Animals Section (VAS) of NIH grant applications, cooperative agreements, and contract proposals, which goes into effect for all applications submitted after January 25, 2016
  • The IACUC administrator's role in congruency reviews
  • The relationship between the IACUC and the sponsored projects office, and how these relationships may differ by institution
  • Best practices for communicating with investigators to amend protocols when they do not match grants
  • When congruence is achieved, who gets notified, and how?
  • The presence or absence of Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) and their effect on congruency reviews
  • How funding sources affect congruency reviews

Participation in this 90-minute webinar counts as 1.5 CE credit hours.

Laboratory Animal Enrichment: Bridging Compliance with Science


Speaker: Genevieve Andrews-Kelly, BS, LATG

This webinar addresses the importance of environmental enrichment through a discussion of:

  • How the absence of enrichment can negatively impact animal well-being and result in study complications
  • Strategies to integrate enrichment proposals with individual study specifications
  • The institutional animal care and use committee's (IACUC's) role and responsibility in educating investigators about environmental enrichment

Participation in this 60-minute webinar counts as 1 CE credit hour.

Making Good Meetings Happen for IACUCs and IRBs


Speakers: Melissa Frumin, MD, MS and Rachel Murray, MS, CPIA, RLATG

During this webinar, an experienced IACUC compliance specialist and an IRB chair share best practices for meeting management. Through discussion of common IACUC and IRB meeting scenarios, speakers address the following topics:

  • Stimulating discussion when members are quiet, and staying on track when they're not
  • Mediating conflict during protocol review
  • Preparing so that federal and institutional regulations are clear and understandable
  • Avoiding meeting fatigue
  • Clarifying the roles of the administrator, chair, the unaffiliated/nonscientist, and other members in meetings

Participation in this 60-minute webinar counts as 1 CE credit hour.

Making Your Alternatives Searches More Valuable


Speakers: Tim Allen, MS and Joanne Zurlo, PhD

In this webinar, presenters explain when alternatives searches are required, and what that means for institutional animal care and use committee (IACUC) members. Additionally, presenters:

  • Summarized strategies and level of review suggested by oversight agencies to minimize pain
  • Highlighted the changes in United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy 12 (Consideration of Alternatives to Painful/Distressful Procedures)
  • Identified common misconceptions regarding USDA and other governing bodies' mandates regarding alternative searches
  • Suggested alternatives to painful procedures, including the use of analgesics/anesthetics and non-pharmacological interventions, the development of a humane primate model of spinal cord injury, noninvasive imaging, telemetry, etc.
  • Discussed the importance of the three Rs (replacement, reduction, and refinement) in an alternatives search
  • Provided examples of scientific literature on alternative animal models and humane endpoints and share useful techniques and search strategies

Participation in this 90-minute webinar counts as 1.5 CE credit hours.

Reducing Noncompliance While Facilitating Research: Strategies for IACUCs


Speakers: Barbara A. Garibaldi, DVM, DACLAM and Emily Hearne, MS

Through interactive scenarios and case studies, an attending veterinarian (AV) and an IACUC training and compliance manager discuss ways to encourage a culture of compliance at your institution without impeding research. During this intermediate-level webinar, presenters:

  • Review basic reporting requirements for regulatory/accreditation bodies including OLAW, USDA, and AAALAC, and discuss the gray area of when and how to report a noncompliance event, considering issues such as species, funding source, and institutional assurances and/or program descriptions
  • Clarify the differences among regulatory noncompliance, noncompliance with institutional policies, and noncompliance with approved protocols, and discuss differences in causes of noncompliance (i.e. lack of training vs. disregard for established policy)
  • Discuss when to suspend an individual, an animal activity, or a protocol and who has the authority to do this
  • Consider issues related to whistleblowers
  • Provide strategies for reducing noncompliance by researchers and animal care staff, including enhanced oversight of noncentralized animal care and use areas; use of sustained release analgesia; and focused communication, training, and education
  • Discuss how partnerships with other institutional departments (such as Environmental Health and Safety) and engagement with your Institutional Official can contribute to reducing institutional noncompliance
  • Discuss how institutions can utilize post-approval monitoring (PAM) as a strategy to reduce noncompliance by improving the communication of policies, reducing protocol drift, and establishing a rapport between researchers and the IACUC

Participation in this 90-minute webinar counts as 1.5 CE credit hours.

Reducing Self-Imposed Regulatory Burden in Your Animal Care and Use Program


Speakers: John F. Bradfield, DVM, PhD and Jennifer A. Perkins, MA, CPIA

This webinar discusses common root causes of self-imposed regulatory burden and inefficiency, and provide strategies for critical evaluation of the following areas:

  • Protocol review. Do your forms collect more information than is required by the regulations? If so, have you evaluated if/how this provides added benefit to the program?
  • Interpretation of regulations. Is your institution over-interpreting the regulations, and confusing recommendations and best practices with requirements? Is this leading to a culture of risk intolerance?
  • Internal policies and procedures. Do your institutional policies exceed the regulations? Is your IACUC instituting one-size-fits-all policies when a different approach could be less burdensome?
  • Institutional coordination. Is a complex and disconnected relationship between institutional bodies involved with animal care and use slowing down research?

Participation in this 90-minute webinar counts as 1.5 CE credit hours.

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Nonmembers can purchase individual or group access to this webinar bundle using the order form below. Each webinar is also availalbe individually. 

Individual nonmember rate: $1,687.50

Group nonmember rate: $2,600

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