PRIM&R was pleased to offer a webinar titled Practical Strategies for Common Challenges: What Your IACUC Needs to Know, on Thursday, February 3, that brought together a representative from the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) International and a director of animal resources from a nonprofit research organization to address some of the current issues facing institutional care and use committee (IACUC) professionals.
- Trend data.An overview and analysis of trend data compiled by AAALAC International after conducting over 1500 site visits. The speakers identified deficiencies related to protocol review and program oversight, semiannual inspection/review issues, and problems related to IACUC policies (or lack thereof) and then continued the discussion with concrete examples, tips for avoiding pitfalls, and strategies for resolving common challenges.
- The “New” Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. John Bradfield discussed some of the significant updates in the “new” 2010 Guide, including those that are most relevant to the functioning of IACUCs.
- Leadership, culture, and continual assessment. Beth Ford summarized important qualities for a successful IACUC program. Her review of guiding principles, the impact of leadership on institutional culture, and the need for ongoing reassessment of the difference between training and compliance issues, was the conclusion for this webinar.
The audience for this webinar included all those engaged in or with the IACUC and the work of animal research in general. IACUC chairs, administrators, staff, and members, institutional officials/signatory officials, and industry representatives will find this webinar beneficial.