Policy Regarding the Acquisition and Application of Vertebrate Animals Involved in Research by WHOI The National Institute of Health (NIH) and the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) make each academic institution responsible for the ethical and humane treatment of animals used in research, education, and testing by requiring the formation of an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee to uphold the policies and scientific standards set forth by federal regulations. Any project with involvement of live vertebrate animals (mammal, bird, amphibian, reptile, fish, embryos) must have an application (“protocol” or “procedure”) approved by the WHOI IACUC before the research can commence. The use of dead animals or parts of animals is not covered by IACUC review unless the activity involves (1) killing animals for the purpose of obtaining or using their tissues or other materials, or (2) project-specific antemortem manipulation of animals prior to killing them. If either circumstance is applicable to the acquisition of dead animals, body parts or tissues, prior IACUC protocol review and approval are required. If vertebrates are described in a proposal, the vertebrate box must be checked in the proposal green sheet. If all the subjects are dead prior to the project, email the IACUC administrator with a summary of the provenance of the material so that IACUC can determine if a protocol review is required. If a person leaves WHOI to continue the same research covered by a WHOI IACUC-approved protocol, a new protocol must be written and approved by the new institution.
The Use of Vertebrate Animals includes, but is not limited to:
The Application Process:
The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee reviews applications throughout the year. The specific IACUC requirements of the funding agencies are the investigator’s responsibility; some funding agencies require the approval of an IACUC protocol at the time of proposal submission. The mandatory WHOI IACUC applications are available at www.whoi.edu/sites/IACUC ("Applications") or upon request to email@example.com. Investigators at WHOI have the option of submitting a Project Protocol Application or General Procedure Application, depending on the scope of the work for which the application is completed. At any time during a project an investigator may revise an approved protocol and resubmit it. Similarly, if an investigator has started a project and realizes an IACUC protocol should be written, IACUC needs to be notified promptly, followed by submission of an application. The WHOI IACUC Administrator receives copies of all proposals indicating involvement of vertebrates from Grants & Contracts Services.
Email a completed Word(R) Document of the Application to Kate McMullen (firstname.lastname@example.org). The application is printed, reviewed for completeness, and passed on to a Committee member for review and approval.
The Approval Process:
Contact the IACUC Administrator:
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
MS 33, Redfield 206
Woods Hole, MA 02543
Go to Committee for alternate contacts.