Policies

Policy on IACUC Review and Approval of Pilot Studies

Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee
Oct 7, 2019 12:00 pm

This policy defines the process for reviewing, approving, and following-up on pilot studies required by the U-M’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee’s (IACUC) before proposed activities can be initiated.

  • Purpose

    This policy defines the process for reviewing, approving, and following-up on pilot studies required by the U-M’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee’s (IACUC) before proposed activities can be initiated.

  • Applicability

    This policy applies to research, teaching, and testing activities involving animals, conducted under the auspices of the U-M.  It applies to field research and all campus locations, including Ann Arbor, Flint, and Dearborn.

  • Definitions

    1. For the purpose of this policy, a pilot study is a preliminary “…study used to test proposed research protocols, data collection instruments, sample recruitment strategies, and other research techniques in preparation for a larger study”[1], and is required by the IACUC before proposed research can be approved.
    2. Full Committee Review (FCR) - review at a convened meeting of a quorum of the IACUC.

     

    [1] Hassan ZA, Schattner P, and Mazza D. Doing A Pilot Study: Why Is It Essential? Malays Fam Physician. 2006; 1(2-3): 70–73 (PMID: 27570591)

  • Policy

    Pilot studies required by the IACUC before research can be initiated must be reviewed using the FCR process.  During deliberation, the IACUC may define the pilot study design, the number of animals to be involved, and the level of oversight required (e.g., veterinary involvement).  The results of the pilot study must be provided in a report to the IACUC before the proposed research can begin. 

  • Compliance

    The provisions of this policy are under the direction and oversight of the U-M’s IACUC.        

Questions?

For questions, additional detail, or to request changes to this policy, please contact the Office of the Assistant Vice President for Research, Director of the Animal Care and Use Office.