Post approval monitoring (PAM) for animal protocols is aimed at improving the communication between animal researchers and the IACUC, and preparing our animal program for the inspections performed by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture), PHS (Public Health Service, i.e. NIH-funded research) and AAALAC (Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care). Maintaining effective communication between the IACUC and animal researchers will help to keep our program AAALAC-accredited, PHS- and USDA-approved and ensure the success of all animal research performed at our Institution.
The PAM process involves a brief meeting between the IACUC Research Monitor (designated by the IACUC) and the Principal Investigator of randomly selected protocols. During the meeting, the monitor will gather information about the work related to the protocol, as well as address questions or concerns about the program that the PI might have. Because junior faculty, trainees and professional research assistants are often the ones performing the procedures, the PI is encouraged to invite the personnel affiliated with the protocol to participate in the meeting.
Specific objectives for this PAM system are:
- To cooperatively compare the approved procedures and the day-to-day work, and direct any discrepancies to the amendment process so that the protocol will comply with PHS and USDA regulations.
- To communicate to the researchers any changes in the PHS and USDA regulations, as well as the IACUC policies that must evolve to keep our program in compliance.
- To communicate to the IACUC any ongoing problems with animal husbandry, facility operations, and program personnel related to the work that is approved in the
A checklist will be distributed in advance of the visit so that the PI and affiliated personnel are aware of the issues that will be discussed. We believe that this monitoring will not only satisfy the requirements of our outside regulatory agencies, but will also help the IACUC to proactively solve problems and resolve issues before they adversely impact the important research conducted at our University.