Members of the ARC and the ARC Chairperson are appointed by the Vice Chancellor for Research whom the ARC advises on matters of policy on the use of laboratory animals for research and teaching. The ARC, through the experience and expertise of its members, oversees UCLA's animal program, facilities and procedures. The ARC's mandated responsibilities include review of all research applications proposing the use of laboratory animals and modifications to ongoing research activities, a semiannual review of all animal facilities and the animal care and use program, and the training of individuals involved in animal research. Reports of semiannual reviews and inspections are submitted to the Vice Chancellor for Research. Annual reports are submitted to the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare. UCLA is also mandated to include an occupational health program for individuals involved in animal research or research with animal tissues.
At minimum, the ARC is comprised of:
- Three to five members of the Academic Senate with experience in the care and use of laboratory animals.
- The Campus Veterinarian or his/her designee.
- A representative from the Office of Environment Health and Safety.
- At least one member who is not affiliated with, and who is not a member of the immediate family of a person who is affiliated with, UCLA.
- At least one member whose primary area of expertise is in a non-scientific field.
- Additional members may be appointed as deemed necessary.
The Vice Chancellor for Research designates an Executive Secretary [the ARC Administrator] who is responsible for the overall management and record keeping of the animal care and use program, as well as the decisions made by the ARC.
The ARC normally meets twice monthly to review animal research proposals. At least every 6 months it inspects all of UCLA's animal facilities, and animal surgery and study areas, including satellite facilities located off the main campus.
In addition, the ARC inspects and reviews randomly selected research programs on a continual basis.