**Reminder- 23 August 2019

IACUC policy on 'Visual and Audio Documentation of Animal Use'

1. Visual (e.g. photos, videos, short clips etc.) and/or audio documentation/recording of any live or dead animals should be made only when necessary for data analysis or presentation.

2. The IACUC must be informed beforehand of the intention of imaging animals through the animal use protocol.

3. PIs must ensure that all visual and audio recordings will be made available to IACUC on request.

4. And that a copy of the recording will be sent to IACUC for review before it is used in any form of publication, including seminar presentations and training materials.

5. Please disseminate this information to your team members and contact the IACUC General Enquiries ( if you need any assistance.

**Reminder- 10 June 2019

Laboratory Animal Allergy

1. Exposure to allergens, and subsequent allergic reaction(s), may occur when laboratory animals are present.

2. Before students, or anyone who is not named in an IACUC protocol has exposure (e.g. through observation of procedures) to animals in your protocol, please contact the Occupational Health Clinic at 6516 7333.

3. A medical assessment should be performed to determine and advise these personnel on the possible risk of contracting allergies from exposure to laboratory animals.

4. Please disseminate this information to your team members and contact the IACUC General Enquiries ( if you need any assistance.

**Important Notice- 8 April 2019

Individual Animal Identification- Animal Research Protocol

1. NACLAR Guidelines (pg 70, para 2.8.4, i) state that it is imperative for research animals to be adequately and appropriately identified.

2. The NUS IACUC Animal Research form has been updated to capture the required information. From today, a question on animal identification has been included in the Animal Research form for new submissions. The same information will also be requested by IACUC office when amendments are submitted.

3. More information on IACUC-approved rodent identification methods can be found in CM SOP#: 570.01 on ‘Rodent Identification’.

4. Please disseminate this information to your team members and approach IACUC office (Ms Adeline Ng/ Mr Marcus Toh) if more information is required.

Welcome to IACUC

The NUS Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) was set up on 12 November 2004 to oversee the care and use of animals for scientific purposes in NUS. Members of the IACUC are appointed through the Institutional Official and include veterinarians, scientists, non-scientists and members of the community who are not affiliated to NUS. Since 2010, NUS has been an AAALAC-accredited institution demonstrating our commitment to responsible animal research and good science.

The mission of the IACUC is to achieve the best practice by international standards of animal ethics in all animal care and use programmes in NUS. Towards this goal, the IACUC:

  • Evaluates animal use for scientific purposes. This includes research, teaching, field trials, environmental and behavioural studies, diagnosis, product testing and the production of biological materials, through the review of animal use protocols;
  • Ensures that the use of animals is carried out in accordance with the approved animal use protocol through regular post-approval monitoring visits of animal use facilities.
  • Ensures that the housing and care of animals are provided in accordance with the National Advisory Committee for laboratory Animal Research (NACLAR) Guidelines (Guidelines on the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes) in premises licensed by the Animal & Veterinary Service (AVS), the regulatory body of the Singapore Animals and Birds Act;
  • Ensures that the personnel involved in care and use of animals are suitably qualified and trained, through the training programme administered by Comparative Medicine (CM);
  • Liaises with the Office of Safety, Health and Environment (OSHE) on occupational safety and health programme in animal care and use protocols;
  • Liaises with the Institutional Review Board (IRB) on the ethical use of human tissues in animal use protocols; and
  • Conducts annual inspection of animal housing and use facilities and semi-annual review of animal care and use programmes