This page is courteously highlights some of the newest lab animal compliance topics, that may or may not require changes to current practices and procedures. These notices are important for the lab animal researchers of Drexel University. Stay in the know and visit often!
All Principal Investigators should have received direct email correspondence from the attending veterinarian stating the new AVMA Euthanasia Requirements [PDF]. The Drexel IACUC Euthanasia Policy [PDF] has also been updated with the specific change of the CO2 flow rate. If your laboratory uses CO2 it is necessary to amend the details of your protocol’s section 25, to the complaint flow rate of 50%, if it is not already done. To do this, simply complete this “pre-filled CO2 amendment form” [DOC] and submit it via this secure form. No need for emails on this one! Thank you for your dedication to compliance!
Pre-Filled Aseptic Technique Amendment [DOC]
Due to the necessity to remain compliant in aseptic technique across all laboratory animal surgeries, the policy for prepping the animal for surgery has been clarified. Please read over the policy and make sure that it matches your laboratory’s current practices, specifically the prep of the animal detailed in section 22bi and page 3 of the IACUC Policy for surgery and care - Rodents [PDF] and/or IACUC Policy for surgery - Nonrodents [PDF].
If the language of your lab’s protocol is not in compliance with the standards set, please use the pre-filled amendment link above and submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org for approval immediately. Please also rewrite any posted SOP’s in your laboratory spaces and educate all personnel on the standards of the policy. For more information please do not hesitate to reach out to email@example.com to share any comments, concerns or questions. Again, completed amendment forms are to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLEASE NOTE: New protocols and renewals must adhere to these standards as well. Proactively include these details in your protocol prior to submission to the IACUC for approval, to expedite your protocol’s review process.