The IACUC is required by both Public Health Service Policy and the Animal Welfare Act to assure that all individuals who use animals for research and teaching are properly trained to do so. We periodically update the animal user modules for accuracy and to streamline the training of investigators.
Information related to the procurement, security, and disposal of controlled substances is now in a separate module, the completion of which is only required for personnel listed on protocols that entail the use of controlled substances.
These changes will simplify training for many investigators who conduct animal research, as information related to controlled substances will not be provided unless relevant to personnel listed on a particular protocol.
All personnel who completed the Use of Laboratory Animals in Research and Education module prior to July 23, and are listed on protocols that entail the use of controlled substances, will not be required to take the controlled substance module until their certification of the Use of Laboratory Animals module expires. Retaking of animal user modules is required every four years.