October 15, 1984
VICE-PRESIDENT--AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT--ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
I am issuing the attached policy on the use of animals in research and teaching to be effective immediately. Appointments to your animal research committee should be in compliance with University policy by January 1, 1985.
You are authorized to take appropriate action in complying with this policy and all other applicable animal use regulations. I have delegated responsibility to the Senior Vice President--Academic Affairs for functions appropriate to the Office of the President.
The University policy sets forth common procedures that assure the continued maintenance of high standards of animal care and use within the University. The policy-calls for University compliance with specific federal standards and requirements, some of which are in the process of being revised. The University is participating actively in the review of these standards and policies.
Thank you for your active assistance in developing this policy.
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
October 15, 1984
UNIVERSITY POLICY ON THE USE OF ANIMALS IN RESEARCH AND TEACHING.
The University of California recognizes the importance of the use of animals in its research and teaching programs. Animals are vital both for understanding basic biological processes and in developing treatment for human and animal diseases.
The University, committed to maintaining high standards for the care and use of animals in research and teaching, therefore adopts as its own principles the National Institutes of Health (NIH) "Principles for Use of Animals." (See Attachment) The University, including its investigators and researchers, accepts responsibility for determining that research and teaching involving the use of animals fulfill these principles.
It is University policy that University practices for the procurement, housing, care, and use of animals should conform to the NIH Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals in Research (DHEW 78-23), reprinted in 1980 (DHEW 80-23 or succeeding editions), all requirements of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and all regulations issued by the USDA implementing the Animal Welfare Act (P.L. 89-544) as amended. The Chancellor, Vice President, or Director shall take appropriate action to meet such standards. The policy applies to all research and teaching irrespective of whether the research is funded from extramural or internal sources.
The Chancellors, the Directors of the Department of Energy Laboratories, and the Vice President--Agriculture and Natural Resources are responsible for compliance with this policy in their institutions. They are authorized to take appropriate action for those activities under their jurisdiction to implement regulations required by all funding and regulatory agencies on the care and use of animals in research and teaching. Each Chancellor and .Director and the Vice President shall-establish implementing procedures including an animal research committee to assure adequate review of animal facilities, procedures, research, and teaching protocols.
The committee shall consist of no fewer than five members with varying backgrounds. At least one member shall be a licensed doctor of veterinary medicine and at least one member shall be a person whose-primary vocation is in a nonscientific area. One member shall be unaffiliated with the institution,
All facilities in Which animals are housed shall be fully accredited by the American Association for the Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) or the Chancellor, Vice President, or Director shall be taking appropriate action to achieve such accreditation.
The Senior Vice President--Academic Affairs is responsible, on behalf of the President, for assuring University compliance with the policy and for developing any modifications or exceptions to policy as appropriate.
October 15, 1984
PRINCIPLES FOR USE OF ANIMALS