**Notice- 1 Feb 2021

Updates to IACUC policy P215 Use of Pharmaceutical and Non-Pharmaceutical Grade Substances in Animal Research

1. IACUC recently reviewed its policy on the Use of Pharmaceutical & Non-Pharmaceutical Grade Substances in Animal Research.

2. Two annexes (Annex A: A Guide to the availability and procurement of pharmaceutical grade substances and Annex B: FAQ on the use of pharmaceutical grade substances in animal work) were added to the policy to provide more guidance and better clarity to investigators and researchers on the use of pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical grade substances in animal work.

3. Please disseminate this information to your team members and contact IACUC General Enquiries ( if you have any questions.

Thank you

IACUC Office

**Notice- 19 Nov 2020

Change in protocol submission deadline for the January 2021 IACUC meeting

1. Please note that the IACUC will meet on 18th January 2021 to deliberate on protocols.

2. To ensure that your protocols are tabled for review at this meeting, please submit them via iORC to reach the IACUC office no later than 14th December 2020.

3. Submissions received after 14th December 2020 will be reviewed at the February 2021 IACUC meeting.

4. The December deadline for protocol submission is advanced by a week to work around the public and envisaged university holidays which necessitates an earlier pre-meeting review date. This is a one-off adjustment which will not affect the submission deadlines for other months.

5. The 2021 IACUC meeting schedule with protocol submissions deadlines will be posted on the IACUC website Please refer to it to ensure timely submissions of your protocols.

Thank you

IACUC Office

**Update- 6 October 2020 

Resumption of RCULA hands-on training

1. RCULA hands-on training has restarted. CM will contact PIs who have registered for hands-on training prior to this date. Researchers who have yet to register for training can do so via this link

2. PIs and researchers are to note that hands-on training will be prioritised as follows:

- NUS users doing COVID research;

- NUS PhD students in their final year of candidature;

- NUS users in order of request

3.  One-on-one training by CM (including training by CMIF) has also resumed and will also follow the   same priority as RCULA hands-on training.

4.  More information can also be found in

5.  Please disseminate this information to your team members and contact the CM Training Co-ordinator ( if you need any assistance.

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