Welcome to the University of Cincinnati Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
Both federal Animal Welfare Act Regulations (AWARs) and the Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (PHS policy) require that the Chief Executive Officer or his/her designee appoint an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). The IACUC responsibilities are to oversee and evaluate the institution's animal program, procedures, and facilities to ensure they are consistent with the recommendations in the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (the Guide), the AWARs, and the PHS Policy.
Essentially, the IACUC serves as an animal research ethics committee for the welfare of animals. The IACUC plays an important role in ensuring that the animals under its purview are humanely treated.