Policy on the Authority and Responsibility of the Quality Assurance Program

Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee
Jan 16, 2017 1:45 pm

This policy establishes the functions and authorities of a Quality Assurance program to guarantee that that the U-M animal care and use program maintains a status of sustained excellence.

  • Background

    The University of Michigan (U-M) is committed to maintaining an animal care and use program (ACUP) that safeguards the health and welfare of all animals used under the auspices of the U-M. Accordingly, the U-M, under the direction of the Vice President for Research who currently serves as the Institutional Official (IO), has established a Quality Assurance (QA) Program to partner with the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) to guarantee that the U-M ACUP maintains a status of sustained excellence.

    In addition, this policy enacts those provisions of the following federal and state requirements pertaining to vertebrate animal activities:

    • Public Health Service (PHS) Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals
    • USDA Animal Welfare Act and Regulations (AWAR)
    • Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (Eighth Edition)

    This policy is applicable to all research, testing or teaching activities involving vertebrate animals conducted under the auspices of the University and applies to the Ann Arbor, Flint and Dearborn campuses.

  • Glossary Definitions

    Single Incident

    In the event more than one issue is identified during a Quality Assurance visit, those issues collectively will be considered a single incident.

  • Policy

    Under the direction of the Assistant Vice President for Research, the IACUC authorizes the QA program team to oversee IACUC approved animal activities on behalf of the committee. In accordance with the University of Michigan Policy on Investigating Noncompliance and Animal Welfare Concerns, the QA team is empowered to resolve a single incident of serious noncompliance when the PI has no additional serious noncompliant incidents associated with his/her research program over a period of 3 years.

    In addition, the IO authorizes the QA program team, under the direction of the Assistant Vice President for Research, to evaluate functions of the ACUP to ensure a program of sustained excellence.

    To ensure the engagement of the IACUC, the QA team will prepare a report of activities and present it to the IACUC at least monthly during convened meetings. In addition, any incident with the potential of impacting animal welfare will be immediately reported to the AV, IACUC Chair, and the Assistant Vice President for Research, Animal Compliance. Violations of animal welfare will be brought to the Committee for consideration.