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Policy 13.1 Requirement for Personnel Training

13.1.1 PURPOSE

In accordance with Animal Welfare Regulations 2.32(d)(1)(viii) and the Public Health Service Policy (IV.C.1.f.) the institution must ensure that all persons who conduct animal activities on behalf of the University of Hawaii are adequately trained and qualified to do so, and are knowledgeable of the regulations governing their use. This requirement is also expressed in the U.S. Government Principles for the Utilization and Care of Vertebrate Animals Used in Testing, Research and Training (VIII).

13.2.1 RESPONSIBILITY OF PRINCIPLE INVESTIGATORS AND COURSE INSTRUCTORS

Appropriate qualifications or a plan for receiving appropriate training, and completion of the review of regulations must be documented for personnel prior to direct involvement in an animal care and use protocol. PIs on the project who do not handle animals must review the regulations prior to the start of the activities. Failure to comply, could result in actions by the IACUC necessary to rectify the situation.

13.3.1 SCOPE

  • Review of Regulations:

Review of regulations will be accomplished by either in person training by the University Veterinarian or designee, or by completing the on-line WebCT course. Assurance that the review of regulations has been accomplished will be verified during the IACUC protocol review process.

LAS will compile and monitor a list of personnel listed on individual IACUC protocols. This list will be updated to provide dates of completion of the review of regulations by personnel. The information will be shared with the IACUC through the Compliance Office.

Personnel which have not completed the Review of Regulations are not permitted to participate or engage in procedures that impact or affect animal subjects.  Only when it has been confirmed that the personnel have completed the required training of the Review of Regulations will they be permitted to participate and engage in animal work covered by an active animal use protocol.

Noncompliance - Failure to comply with the policy disallows untrained personnel from participating or engaging in an active study.  If untrained personnel are observed and/or reported to have participated or engaged in animal activities covered by an approved active protocol, the approval to conduct the activity may be revoked, the work suspended, and a formal investigation into the matter initiated by the IACUC.
  • Review Regulations Re-certification:

Re-certification of the review of regulations for project personnel is required every three years and must be current for full and annual renewal of protocols covering the animal activities. Re-certification will be accomplished by completing the on-line WebCT re-certification exam. Assurance that re-certification has been accomplished will be verified during the IACUC protocol review process.  Personnel that have not completed the re-certification exam are not permitted to participate or engage in procedures that impact or affect animal subjects.  Only when re-certification is confirmed will they be permitted to continue to participate in animal activities covered by an active animal use protocol.

  • Care and Use of Animals:

Qualifications of research and/or teaching personnel will be described by the PI during IACUC protocol submissions. The IACUC will determine whether the qualifications are adequate for the proposed activity.  If the personnel are not trained for the proposed procedure using animals, the PI must provide a plan that meets IACUC approval, as to how training will be provided.

The University Veterinarian or designee shall provide on-the-job training and guidance on: 1) preventative medicine, 2) surveillance, 3) diagnosis, 4) treatment and control of disease, including zoonoses, 5) management of protocol-associated disease, disability, or other sequelae, 6) anesthesia and analgesia, 7) surgery and postsurgical care, 8) assessment of animal well-being, and 9) euthanasia.

Procedures involving cervical dislocation, CO2 euthanasia must be observed and documented by the University Veterinarian or designee. Surgical procedures will be documented by the University Veterinarian or designee on a case-by-case basis.

Effective 03/07

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
Email:
Mr. Norman Magno at nmagno@hawaii.edu
Ms. Denise Yee at deniseye@hawaii.edu

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Last modified: [01-22-07]