Do you need IACUC review?

Federal animal welfare regulations, U.S. Public Health Service Policy and UCI Policy require that all activities involving the use of live vertebrate animals used or intended for use in research, research training, experimentation, biological testing or for related purposes be reviewed and approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. Some proposed uses of animals are not so clear-cut, such as:

  • Production of custom antibodies: May require review, depending on how the antibodies are created.
  • Use of tissue from dead animals: Usually does not require separate review, but it can depend on certain factors.
  • Use of animals for demonstrations, exhibitions, etc: Varies on a case by case basis


When in doubt, complete the Determination form and email to

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