DLAM SOP Update: Rodent Cage Population Limits

The Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine (DLAM) is adopting a new version of its SOP on Rodent Cage Population Limits, which will go into effect on February 1, 2018. This new version replaces the old SOP, entitled “Rodent Overcrowding.” The new SOP was reviewed and approved by the ARC on November 27, 2017. A notice regarding the effective date of … Read More

ARC RATS Replacement Project

At the time of its deployment in 2002, RATS, the online database by which you manage your ARC protocols, was considered revolutionary, but it no-longer provides the degree of flexibility and ease of use that we have all come to expect from modern systems. So, not without some trepidation, we are embarking on a complete replacement project. The purpose of … Read More

CITI Animal User Training and SSO Integration

As you know, UCLA uses the nationally recognized Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) program to train animal users on regulatory guidelines and individual responsibilities. We are pleased to share two announcements about CITI: Effective January 11, 2018, CITI will integrate with UCLA Single Sign-On (SSO), allowing users to access CITI through their UCLA Logon credentials. Upon your first login after … Read More

Important SafetyNet Updates

There are some exciting changes planned for SafetyNet which will ultimately help to streamline the IBC review process and reduce the administrative burden to researchers. These changes involve revisions to the page in the application form currently titled “Operational Risks”. This page will be retitled “Operations and Procedures” and will incorporate the new set of Biosafety SOPs developed by the … Read More

Office of Research Administration (ORA) 2017-2018 Winter Holiday Closure

The Office Research Administration (ORA) will observe UCLA’s 2017-2018 Winter Holiday Closure. ORA will be closed beginning Saturday, December 23, 2017 and will reopen on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Please be advised that the Chancellor’s Animal Research Committee (ARC) and the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) will not conduct business during the closure. As such, ORA staff will not process ARC … Read More

Office of Research Administration (ORA) 2017-2018 Winter Holiday Closure

The Office Research Administration (ORA) will observe UCLA’s 2017-2018 Winter Holiday Closure. ORA will be closed beginning Saturday, December 23, 2017 and will reopen on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Please be advised that the Chancellor’s Animal Research Committee (ARC) and the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) will not conduct business during the closure. As such, ORA staff will not process ARC … Read More

CDPH Medical Waste Inspections Continue Today

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) inspections will continue today, November 8th. State inspectors were not able to cover the following locations: Doris and Louis Factor Health Sciences Building, California NanoSystems Institute, Semel Insititute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, and Brain Research Institute. In general, State inspectors were impressed with UCLA. This is encouraging news, and we hope to … Read More

Week 4 of National Biosafety Month

As National Biosafety Month continues, we would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the Biosafety Site Visit and Consultation process. As described in Chapter 11 of the Institutional Biosafety Plan, the process involves the following: Biosafety Review: A comprehensive review of the facilities, equipment and practices covered under each BUA is required when a new facility is … Read More

Week 3 of National Biosafety Month

As National Biosafety Month continues, we would like to announce a new set of 34 safety SOPs developed by EH&S Biosafety and the IBC. The SOPs cover a range of standard lab practices and lay out steps aimed at protecting personnel and the environment from exposure. Please review the SOPs that correspond to your operations. If you feel that they … Read More

Week 2 of National Biosafety Month

As noted in last week’s announcement, October is National Biosafety Month. We would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the IBC’s purview. The IBC reviews and approves applications for academic research and teaching activities involving the following materials: Recombinant/synthetic nucleic acid molecules, as covered by the NIH Guidelines Infectious agents that can cause disease in healthy humans … Read More