ANIMAL WELFARE ASSURANCE
in accordance with the PHS Policy for
Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals
Cleveland State University (CSU), hereinafter referred to as Institution, hereby gives assurance that it will comply with the Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, hereinafter referred to as PHS Policy.
This Assurance is applicable to all research, research training, experimentation, biological testing, and related activities, hereinafter referred to as activities, involving live, vertebrate animals supported by the Public Health Service (PHS) and conducted at CSU, or at another institution as a consequence of the sub-granting or subcontracting of a PHS conducted or supported activity by this institution. There are no branches or components of this institution.
This Institution will comply with all applicable provisions of the Animal Welfare Act and other Federal Statutes and regulations relating to animals.
This Institution is guided by the "U.S. Government Principles for the Utilization and Care of Vertebrate Animals Used in Testing, Research, and Training."
This Institution acknowledges and accepts responsibility for the care and use of animals involved in activities covered by this Assurance. As partial fulfillment of this responsibility, this Institution will ensure that all individuals involved in the care and use of laboratory animals understand their individual and collective responsibilities for compliance with this Assurance as well as all other applicable laws and regulations pertaining to animals care and use.
This Institution has established and will maintain a program for activities involving animals in accordance with the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (Guide)
Institutional Program for Animal Care and Use
The lines of authority and responsibility for administering the program and ensuring compliance with this policy are available through Sponsored Programs and Research Services (SPRS).
The chairperson and members of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) are appointed directly by the Vice President for Research. At CSU, the Vice President for Research is the Institutional Official (IO). The IACUC is supported by staff under the supervision of the Vice President for Research. Animal facilities at the University are under the direction of the Vice President for Research. The Consulting Veterinarian reports both to the Vice President for Research in matters related to the day-to-day veterinary care of animals and to the Chairperson of the IACUC for policy matters related to the University's compliance with applicable federal regulations. The Animal Research Facility Manager reports directly to the Director of SPRS.
The qualifications and authority of the veterinarian who will participate in the program are available through the SPRS.
This Institution has established an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), which is qualified through the experience and expertise of its members to oversee the Institution's animal program, facilities, and procedures. The IACUC consists of at least five members, and its membership meets the composition requirements set forth in the PHS Policy at IV.A.3.b. A list of members is available through SPRS.
- Review at least once every six months the Institution's program for humane care and use of animals, using the Guide as a basis for evaluation.
- Inspect at least once every six months all of the Institution's animal facilities (including satellite facilities) using the Guide as a basis for evaluation.
- Prepare reports of the IACUC evaluations as set forth in the PHS Policy at IV.B.3 and submit the reports to the Institutional Officer at Cleveland State University.
- Review concerns involving the care and use of animals at the Institution.
- Make written recommendations to the Institutional Officer regarding any aspect of the institution's animal program, facilities, or personnel training.
- Review and approve, require modifications in (to secure approval), or withhold approval of those activities related to the care and use of animals as set forth in the PHS policy at IV.C.
- Review and approve, require modifications in (to secure approval), or withhold approval of proposed significant changes regarding the use of animals in ongoing activities as set forth in the PHS Policy at IV.C.
- Notify investigators and the Institution in writing of its decision to approve or withhold approval of those activities related to the care and use of animals, or of modifications required to secure IACUC approval as set forth in the PHS Policy at IV.C.4.
- Conduct continuing review of each previously approved, ongoing activity covered by this policy at appropriate intervals as determined by the IACUC, including a complete review at least once every three years according to PHS Policy at IV.C.1-5.
- Be authorized to suspend an activity involving animals as set forth in the PHS Policy at IV.C.6.
The occupational health and safety program for personnel who work in laboratory animal facilities or have frequent contact with animals is available by contacting SPRS.
Cleveland State University ensures the qualifications of those performing animal research are adequate. High standards of professional conduct are expected of all faculty researchers. CSU faculty members train technicians and students, both graduate and undergraduate, in proper methods of animal anesthesia, surgery, or other experimental manipulations. For more specialized training involving hazardous, biological, or chemical agents, researchers may take special training at other universities or government laboratories.
Institutional Program Evaluation and Accreditation
All of this Institution's programs and facilities (including satellite facilities) for activities involving animals have been evaluated by the IACUC within the past six months and will be re-evaluated by the IACUC at least once every six months thereafter, in accord with the PHS Policy IV.B.1-2. Reports have been and will continue to be prepared in accord with the PHS Policy IV.B.3. All IACUC semiannual reports will include a description of the nature and extent of this Institution's adherence to the "Guide." Any departures from the "Guide" will be identified specifically and reasons for each departure will be stated. Reports will distinguish significant deficiencies from minor deficiencies. Where program or facility deficiencies are noted, reports will contain a reasonable and specific plan and schedule for correcting each deficiency. Semiannual reports of the IACUC's evaluations will be submitted to the Institutional Official. Semiannual reports of IACUC evaluations will be maintained by this Institution and made available to the OLAW upon request.
This Institution is Category Two (2)-not accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International (AAALAC).
Record Keeping Requirements
This Institution will maintain for at least three years:
- A copy of this Assurance and any modification thereto, as approved by PHS.
- Minutes of IACUC meetings, including records of attendance, activities of the committee, and committee deliberations.
- Records of applications, proposals, and proposed significant changes in the care and use of animals and whether IACUC approval was granted or withheld.
- Records of semiannual IACUC reports and recommendations (including minority views) as forwarded to the Institutional Official, Dr. Jerzy T. Sawicki, Vice President for Research.
- Records of accrediting body determinations.
This Institution will maintain records that relate directly to applications, proposals, and proposed changes in ongoing activities reviewed and approved by the IACUC for the duration of the activity and for an additional three years after completion of the activity.
All records shall be accessible for inspection and copying by authorized OLAW or other PHS representatives at reasonable times and in a reasonable manner.
- Any change in the status of the Institution (e.g., if the Institution becomes accredited by AAALAC or AAALAC accreditation is revoked),
- Any change in the description of the institution's program for animal care and use as described in this Assurance,
- Any changes in IACUC membership.
- Notification of the dates that the IACUC conducted its semiannual evaluations of the Institution's program and facilities (including satellite facilities) and submitted the evaluations to the Institutional Official, Dr. Jerzy T. Sawicki.
- Any minority views filed by members of the IACUC.
The IACUC, through the Institutional Official, will provide the OLAW promptly with a full explanation of the circumstances and actions taken with respect to:
- Any serious or continuing noncompliance with the PHS Policy.
- Any serious deviations from the provisions of the Guide.
- Any suspension of an activity by the IACUC.