UCLA ARC and DLAM Services
Until further notice, UCLA’s Animal Research Committee (ARC) and Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine (DLAM) are fully operational, and will remain fully operational. At this time, the ARC and DLAM are prioritizing essential operations; non-essential operations, such as training and education, have been curtailed.
For questions about ARC business continuity plans, contact the ARC Staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 310-206-6308.
For questions regarding DLAM’s emergency plan, contact Joanne Zahorsky-Reeves at email@example.com or 310-794-0255.
Guidance for Researchers with Study Areas
The welfare of animals must be maintained. If a lab is responsible for the housing and care of their animals, separate from or in coordination with DLAM, review the lab’s current emergency plan and consider how it will be carried out during a period of time where the lab is operating with less-than-normal levels of personnel, e.g., following the mandated research ramp-down.
All Study Areas should have back-up personnel in place should the primary staff member be unable to perform their duties. In the absence of a designated back-up, the PI is ultimately responsible for the care of animals in their Study Area and must ensure that, minimally, food and water is provided. DLAM cannot guarantee that staff will be available on short-notice; however, with enough time to plan, DLAM may be able to provide some resources to care for your animals. Contact DLAM as soon as possible for more information: DLAM Emergency Phone Tree 310-825-2200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Social Distancing and Safety while Working with Animals
Practicing social distancing while working with animals requires effective communication between all research personnel and DLAM staff. Before working alone in labs and procedure rooms, consider notifying your colleagues of the following:
- Where you’ll be (i.e., provide them with building and room numbers),
- What you’ll be doing (i.e., the procedures you’ll be performing),
- When you plan to start work and when you anticipate finishing,
- How they can reach you in case of an emergency, and
- How you can reach them in case you experience an emergency or other urgent situation while working alone.
Q: I have a protocol under review with NIH funding ready to be released as soon as ARC approval is issued. Will there be a delay in the ARC review process?
A: Despite performing operations remotely, the ARC and ARC administrative staff are fully able to perform all business operations required for the review and approval of animal subjects protocols.
Q: Is the ARC still performing currently scheduled inspections?
A: In order to stay on our 6-month inspection schedule, the ARC administrative staff may reach out to researchers to determine whether they have the bandwidth to proceed with scheduled inspections. Alternative approaches to in-person inspections may be considered, including the use of video and/or review of records. OLAW and the USDA are in the process of providing guidance to the animal research community regarding mandated semi-annual facility inspections.
Q: I just received ARC approval. Does that mean my experiments are considered essential and may proceed despite instructions to ramp down research activities?
A: No. ARC approval does not supersede any campus or department instructions to ramp down or terminate research. Requests to continue essential experiments must be submitted to your department chair or dean no later than close of business March 19 for immediate consideration.
Submit your questions to email@example.com.
The ARC administrative office works with the UCLA institutional animal care and use committee (IACUC), known locally as the Chancellor’s Animal Research Committee (ARC), to oversee the use of animals in research, teaching, and testing. To ensure the humane treatment and proper care of animals at UCLA, the office staff provides administrative support to the ARC for activities including the following:
- Animal protocol submission and review, including application pre-review, submission processing, communicating and explaining ARC queries, and issuing approvals
- Required animal user trainings
- Interpretation and application of policies and regulations
- Post-approval compliance checks of research activities
- Semi-annual facility inspections
- Semi-annual animal care and use program evaluations
- Inspection and evaluation reports
- Reports of noncompliance and/or mistreatment
The ARC administrative office serves three audiences: the public, by upholding the highest legal and ethical standards of animal care; the University, by ensuring institutional compliance with federal, state, and local regulations governing the use of animals; and the research community, by facilitating thorough and balanced reviews of protocols designed to better mankind and improve the understanding of science.
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The ARC's Functions
- Review and approve, require modifications in (to secure approval), or withhold approval of proposed activities related to the care and use of animals.
- Inspect at least once every six months all of the institution's animal facilities, including all satellite facilities, using the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (Guide) as the basis for evaluation.
- Review at least once every six months the institution's program for humane care and use of animals, using the Guide as the basis for evaluation.
- Evaluate the qualifications of research personnel and provide appropriate training and education as deemed necessary.
- Make written recommendations to the Institutional Official (at UCLA, this is the Vice Chancellor for Research) regarding any aspect of the institution's animal program, facilities, or personnel training.
- Suspend activities involving animals if the ARC determines that the activity is not being conducted in accordance with the institution's policy and applicable provisions of the USDA Animal Welfare Act Regulations, the PHS Policy, and the Guide.
- Review and investigate reports of potential noncompliance with regulations governing the care and use of laboratory animals and take corrective actions as necessary.