The University of Pittsburgh’s animal research program was recently visited by inspectors from the Animal Care and Use Review Office (ACURO), a component of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC). ACURO evaluates animal use activities associated with Department of Defense (DOD) grants.
While the inspection results were satisfactory, as no noncompliant items were identified, we received an important reminder regarding responsibilities of principal investigators of DOD grants.
Principal investigators of DOD grants
must report to ACURO immediately when:
- Their IACUC protocol is modified in any way, including adding personnel. ACURO as well as the University of Pittsburgh IACUC must approve any new procedures before they are conducted on animals.
- Their IACUC protocol is renewed (including annual renewals).
- They receive a noncompliance letter from the IACUC related to their DOD-funded study.
Adherence to ACURO's mandatory reporting requirements is essential. Failure to do so may result in suspension or termination of a grant by DOD. Note that ACURO assigns these reporting requirements to principal investigators, and not the institution.
contact the IACUC Office
if you have questions about reporting requirements for DOD-funded studies conducted on animals.