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September/October 2015
Progress on AAALAC Accreditation of FAU's Animal Care and Use Program
The Division of Research recently hosted an expert to help it assess FAU's animal care and use program in preparation to apply for accreditation by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care. Ron Banks, DVM, a certified professional IACUC administrator and former AAALAC council member, conducted the assessment during the first week of August. He stressed the importance of FAU investing in the animal care and use program support, providing for additional clinical veterinary care and building on the current occupational health and safety program with focus on risk assessment, annual re-assessments and participant support. The physical plant facilities of the animal care and use program require some fundamental attention and improvement. But, overall, his recommendation was that FAU should continue to invest strategically in the animal care and use program to be able to support expansion of its research enterprise.
SFI, COI, CITI?  It's All So Confusing; Just Tell Me What I Need To Do!
If you are key personnel on a proposal submitted through Sponsored Programs, you MUST complete a form for the disclosure of significant financial interest (SFI) for each proposal submission. Section I of this form asks six questions regarding your institutional responsibilities as they relate to your research obligations for that particular research project. If you answer yes to any of these questions, then you must complete Section II of the form and provide additional details regarding the financial interest you have disclosed. This disclosure form is forwarded to the Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) committee, which will determine if the SFI disclosed could reasonably be determined to directly, or significantly affect the design, conduct or reporting of the research. If the committee determines that a conflict exists, then the committee will work with the researcher to either eliminate or manage the conflict.

What do you need to know?
To learn more about SFI and disclosure requirements,  see page four of the Significant Financial Interest Disclosure form . For example, if your spouse works for a movie production company and your research is related to molecular compounds then there would be no reasonable relevancy. However, if your spouse works for the pharmaceutical company that is funding your research, that information should be disclosed to the committee. READ MORE
Authority of the Attending Veterinarian
The importance of the authority of the FAU Attending Veterinarian was recently underscored in a memo to all FAU animal research investigators from Daniel Flynn, Ph.D., Vice President of Research and Institutional Official (IO). The Attending Veterinarian, Sylvia Gografe, D.V.M., Ph.D., has the ultimate authority on animal-related matters.

It's not always possible to seek investigator's input. In such cases, decisions on an appropriate course of action must be guided by professional veterinary judgment and be in the animal's best interest. Read Dr. Flynn's memo here.
Do You Want to Apply to IRB But Don't Know Where to Start? 
2.)Go to the left-hand column for items you can click on for detailed information and help. Click on What to Submit to IRB, and Research Integrity Resources are displayed.

Under IRB forms, an IRB Checklist is available to view or download. The checklist will guide you in what documents need to be included, training requirements and tips for your IRB research application submission.
Tell Us How We Can Help You Further Your Research
Is there a topic you would like to hear more about? Do these topics interest you: 
  • Financial Conflicts of Interest: What's it all about? What do I need to do?
  • Consent writing workshop (How to pack in all that detail and still write it in plain language)
  • Submitting an IRB protocol seamlessly.
  • What do the animal care and use program changes mean to me as we prepare for AAALAC accreditation?
  • Understanding the "Exempt" Categories of IRB Review
  • Other (write in) ____________________________
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