IACUC Updates on eIACUC

In an effort to foster communication between the Office of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and animal users, periodic notifications of updates which may impact your laboratory practices will be provided. Our goal is to facilitate research while supporting animal welfare and regular improvements are important to these efforts.  Please contact the IACUC Office (iacuc@uiowa.edu or 335-7985) with any questions or concerns.

eIACUC Updates

1. Multiple grants on a single Animal Protocol: 

  • We are pleased to announce that it is now allowable to have multiple external funding sources per Animal Protocol.  The eIACUC system has been modified to allow the addition of multiple funding sources and the DSP has modified its processes to accept multiple funding sources. You may add multiple external funding sources to a new Animal Protocol, to a renewal, or as an amendment to a currently approved Animal Protocol.  If you have any questions, or want to discuss what option may be best for your lab, you can call the IACUC office at 335-7985 for assistance.

2. Change in literature search requirements for non-USDA covered species*:  

  • There is no longer a requirement that a literature search be conducted for research that does not involve USDA regulated species. The question is still present on the eIACUC form. If you opt not to do the literature search and answer NO, you will no longer be promoted to justify why you have not done the search. This change was made to better reflect actual regulatory requirements. The search is still required by Animal Welfare Regulations for USDA-regulated species.

*Non-USDA covered species examples include: mice (mus), rats (rattus), fish, amphibians, and birds bred for research purposes


3. Use of Non-naïve animals: 

  • As a reminder, the Animal Protocol form includes a question regarding use of non-naïve animals (Animal Information section). This applies to animals having undergone genotyping and/or identification techniques such as tail snip or ear punch.  If you will obtain genetically modified animals from sources such as a collaborator’s breeding colony or the Genome Editing Core, please consider this question carefully and address it appropriately.  Animal transfer slips do include a section “Have the animals been used in a previous study”: Yes/No.  If answered yes, the Animal Protocol will be reviewed to confirm approval to use non-naïve animals.

4. Comment feature

  • The ability to add comments and revision items directly to the sections of the eIACUC protocol form has now been launched.  When you submit an Animal Protocol or amendment and revision items are returned to you, just look for the blue comment icon.
  • You can locate comment icon(s) in the protocol section menu (top blue ribbon) next to the section(s) requiring your attention. Navigate to each section containing the icon and scroll to the bottom of the screen to see reviewer comments. Modify the protocol text to address each reviewer item. You may also click "reply" to provide specific responses to the comments. (However, replying to a comment alone likely will not be sufficient if a change to the protocol text is needed.)

5. Tips & Tricks: 

  • There are a few key things to note about the new features of eIACUC.
    • When making changes to the protocol form text: Be sure to save!  This can be done by clicking save or navigating to the prior or next section of the form.
    • When adding comments:  Be sure to hit submit/reply to save the comment.  You’ll note that when the comment saves, it is moved out of the white text box into the adjacent gray space.
    • When selecting personnel:  Double check the information to be sure you have selected the right individual.  Is the email right? Location? Department?