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.