Webinar: Reducing Noncompliance While Facilitating Research: Strategies for IACUCs

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Noncompliance in animal research is defined as any action that does not adhere to federal regulations and policy, an institutional policy, or the approved protocol. Fostering a culture of compliance is essential to ensuring animal welfare, institutional credibility, and positive working relationships between researchers and the IACUC.

Through interactive scenarios and case studies, an attending veterinarian (AV) and an IACUC training and compliance manager will discuss ways to encourage a culture of compliance at your institution without impeding research. During this intermediate-level webinar, presenters will:

  • Review basic reporting requirements for regulatory/accreditation bodies including OLAW, USDA, and AAALAC, and discuss the gray area of when and how to report a noncompliance event, considering issues such as species, funding source, and institutional assurances and/or program descriptions
  • Clarify the differences among regulatory noncompliance, noncompliance with institutional policies, and noncompliance with approved protocols, and discuss differences in causes of noncompliance (i.e. lack of training vs. disregard for established policy)
  • Discuss when to suspend an individual, an animal activity, or a protocol and who has the authority to do this
  • Consider issues related to whistleblowers
  • Provide strategies for reducing noncompliance by researchers and animal care staff, including enhanced oversight of noncentralized animal care and use areas; use of sustained release analgesia; and focused communication, training, and education
  • Discuss how partnerships with other institutional departments (such as Environmental Health and Safety) and engagement with your Institutional Official can contribute to reducing institutional noncompliance
  • Discuss how institutions can utilize post-approval monitoring (PAM) as a strategy to reduce noncompliance by improving the communication of policies, reducing protocol drift, and establishing a rapport between researchers and the IACUC

What will I learn?

After attending this webinar, attendees will be able to:

  • Understand the potential complexities of noncompliance, and when and how to report it to the appropriate regulatory and funding agencies and to AAALAC
  • Navigate complex situations such as whistleblower reporting and suspension of research activity
  • Employ strategies for fostering a culture of compliance without impeding research, including improved communication and training with investigators and animal care staff; interdepartmental partnership; and post-approval monitoring

Who should attend?

This intermediate-level webinar will benefit IACUC staff and members; institutional officials; attending veterinarians; and investigators and research staff that work with animals.


Barbara-GaribaldiBarbara A. Garibaldi, DVM, DACLAM is the director of the animal research facility at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA. She earned her DVM from Purdue University and completed her post-doctoral training in Laboratory Animal Medicine at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She is a Diplomate in the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. Dr. Garibaldi has completed a twelve year term as a member of the Council on Accreditation for the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) International and continues to serve as an Emeritus member to Council. She holds an academic appointment at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Garibaldi is a member of the planning committee for PRIM&R’s 2017 IACUC Conference and the Massachusetts Society for Medical Research (MSMR) Biomedical Research Advisory Committee.

Emily-Hearne-2016Emily Hearne, MS holds a bachelor's degree in poultry science and a master's degree in animal science from North Carolina State University. Throughout her education and career Mrs. Hearne has held a range of laboratory animal research related positions in both the university setting and pharmaceutical industry from husbandry to research, and most recently in IACUC administration. Since 2011, as the training and compliance manager for the office of animal care and use at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Mrs. Hearne manages the team responsible for conducting all hands-on rodent training for researchers, performing all routine IACUC inspections of laboratories and animal facilities, as well as investigating and reporting on animal welfare concerns and noncompliance.

Background Reading

National Institutes of Health/Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare: Frequently Asked Questions: PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals

National Institutes of Health/Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare. (2005). Guidance on Prompt Reporting to OLAW under the PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.

Plante, A. and James, M.L. (2008). Program Oversight Enhancements (POE): The Big PAM. ILAR Journal, 49(4), 419-425. doi: 10.1093/ilar.49.4.419

Certificates of Attendance

Certificates of attendance will be made available at the conclusion of the webinar. To access the certificate, you must first complete the online evaluation. Such certificates are useful for obtaining continuing education (CE) credits (not Continuing Medical Education credits) from professional associations. Note that guidelines concerning CE credits may differ, and you should consult the appropriate professional association representative for further guidance.

CE Credit for Certified Professional in IACUC Administration (CPIA®) Recertification

Webinar participants holding the CPIA® credential who wish to apply credits from this webinar toward CPIA® recertification may submit the Certificate of Attendance they received upon completing the online evaluation as documentation of their participation. Participation in this 90-minute webinar counts as 1.5 CE credit hours.

Additional information about CPIA® recertification can be found here.

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