**Alert- 10 March 2020 

COVID-19: review personnel on IACUC protocol

As a COVID-19 precautionary measure to address a situation when researchers may not be allowed on campus to fulfil required animal care and monitoring, PIs should consider the following:

1. Review personnel listed on approved protocols to ensure that there is adequate manpower to continue with animal care and use during this period.

2.  Pre-emptively identify suitably trained and OH-cleared personnel as backup to essential personnel, and add them to your protocols.

3.  Plan in advance to avoid work that cannot be completed / carried out as described in your approved protocols.

4.  Separate breeding animals and consider postponement of new experiments.

5.  For details, please refer to email dated 9 March 2020 from IACUC Office to all PIs.

Please disseminate this information to your team members and contact the IACUC General Enquiries ( if you need any assistance.

**Reminder- 6 December 2019 

IACUC protocols- approved personnel

1. Only personnel listed on IACUC approved protocols are permitted to use animals as described in the protocols.

2.  IACUC approval must be obtained before additional personnel use animals in a protocol. An amendment to add personnel to a protocol must be submitted to IACUC.

3.  PIs are reminded to ensure that personnel who are not approved on their protocols, are not permitted to handle nor use animals from these protocols.

4.  If assistance is needed to learn a new technique or procedure, please approach Veterinarians from Comparative Medicine.

5.  Please disseminate this information to your team members and contact the IACUC General Enquiries ( if you need any assistance.

**Reminder- 23 August 2019

IACUC policy on 'Visual and Audio Documentation of Animal Use'

1. Visual (e.g. photos, videos, short clips etc.) and/or audio documentation/recording of any live or dead animals should be made only when necessary for data analysis or presentation.

2. The IACUC must be informed beforehand of the intention of imaging animals through the animal use protocol.

3. PIs must ensure that all visual and audio recordings will be made available to IACUC on request.

4. And that a copy of the recording will be sent to IACUC for review before it is used in any form of publication, including seminar presentations and training materials.

5. Please disseminate this information to your team members and contact the IACUC General Enquiries ( if you need any assistance.

Welcome to IACUC

The NUS Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) was set up on 12 November 2004 to oversee the care and use of animals for scientific purposes in NUS. Members of the IACUC are appointed through the Institutional Official and include veterinarians, scientists, non-scientists and members of the community who are not affiliated to NUS. Since 2010, NUS has been an AAALAC-accredited institution demonstrating our commitment to responsible animal research and good science.

The mission of the IACUC is to achieve the best practice by international standards of animal ethics in all animal care and use programmes in NUS. Towards this goal, the IACUC:

  • Evaluates animal use for scientific purposes. This includes research, teaching, field trials, environmental and behavioural studies, diagnosis, product testing and the production of biological materials, through the review of animal use protocols;
  • Ensures that the use of animals is carried out in accordance with the approved animal use protocol through regular post-approval monitoring visits of animal use facilities.
  • Ensures that the housing and care of animals are provided in accordance with the National Advisory Committee for laboratory Animal Research (NACLAR) Guidelines (Guidelines on the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes) in premises licensed by the Animal & Veterinary Service (AVS), the regulatory body of the Singapore Animals and Birds Act;
  • Ensures that the personnel involved in care and use of animals are suitably qualified and trained, through the training programme administered by Comparative Medicine (CM);
  • Liaises with the Office of Safety, Health and Environment (OSHE) on occupational safety and health programme in animal care and use protocols;
  • Liaises with the Institutional Review Board (IRB) on the ethical use of human tissues in animal use protocols; and
  • Conducts annual inspection of animal housing and use facilities and semi-annual review of animal care and use programmes