IACUC Information for Researchers
Researchers engaged in activities involving animals must be aware of the regulations involved with the care and use of animals. The guidance provided here can assist researchers with planning safe and ethical animal research.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is the main body involved in the regulation of animal use.
Animal Welfare Act and Regulations: United States Department of Agriculture regulations outlining regulations for licensing or registration of facilities involved with animals. Also outlines requirements for animal care.
Other USDA Resources:
- Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC), US Department of Agriculture
- AWIC Animal Legislation and Policies
Animal care and use activities associated with projects funded through the Public Health Service (PHS) must comply with regulations set forth by the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW).
Other NIH Resources:
Designing your Research Project:
Researchers should use the following resources when designing research activities involving vertebrate animals to ensure that animal safety and welfare are protected.
- Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals: Details outlined in this guide serve as a basis for setting minimum standards of animal care; includes information on animal environment, housing, husbandry, and more.
- Euthanasia Guidelines (PDF)