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UH Policy Statement

The following principles are the official policies of the University of Hawaii regarding the use of live vertebrate animals. First, animals will not be used without a clearly defined goal, either to advance scientific knowledge or for the education and training of students. Second, the experiment or class using animals will be designed to use the minimum number of animals to obtain valid results or to provide adequate training, and will use these animals only after alternative means of accomplishing the same ends have been explored and the exploration documented. Third, the animals will experience the least possible pain or discomfort consistent with sound scientific or educational practices.

Regulatory agencies such as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Public Health Service (PHS), and granting agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), all have policies regarding the use of animals, with which the University must comply. The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is responsible for reviewing all use of animals covered by any policies of the agencies to ensure compliance with these policies, some of which have the force of law.

To ensure compliance, Principal Investigators and Instructors planning to use animals are required to submit a Protocol to the IACUC for review. Work with animals may not begin until the approval of the IACUC has been obtained. Principal Investigators and Instructors are responsible to the University for compliance with all regulatory and other policies affecting the University, and the University is itself responsible directly to the outside agencies.

For more information Contact the University of Hawaii Compliance Officer:

University of Hawaii
2538 McCarthy Mall
Snyder Hall 410
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: (808) 956-4552, (808) 956-4446
Fax: (808) 956-5785
Mr. Norman Magno at nmagno@hawaii.edu
Ms. Denise Yee at deniseye@hawaii.edu

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Last modified: [10-7-02]