ARC POLICY UPDATE

The ARC recently updated the policy Use of Investigator-Maintained Survival Surgical Facilities for Non-USDA-Covered Species. This policy describes the ARC requirement for use of centralized facilities for survival surgical procedures, and articulates the process by which exceptions to this requirement may be obtained. We encourage you to review and discuss this policy with your research team. All ARC policies are available … Read More

Fall 2023 AAALAC Site Visit

UCLA will host our triennial AAALAC accreditation site visit this coming Fall. Our last site visit took place in October 2020 and was a hybrid of on-site and virtual efforts. We are hoping for a similar structure to the 2023 site visit, which we have requested to take place in November, but may occur as early as the first week … Read More

Laboratory Animal Allergens – What are the Risks?

What are lab animal allergies and occupational asthma? Laboratory Animal Allergies (LAA) and Occupational Asthma (OA) develop from exposure to animal allergens, and are among the most common, serious occupational diseases of workers exposed to animals in laboratories. Please review the Lab Animal Allergies & Occupational Asthma fact sheet (attached and available at https://ucla.box.com/ehs-lab-animal-allergies) to learn how to prevent LAA … Read More

IBC POLICY UPDATE

The IBC recently updated the policy “Use of Glass Pipettes in BSL-2 or Higher Laboratories.” While the substance of the policy remains unchanged, minor edits have been made. We encourage you to review and discuss this policy with your research team. All IBC policies are available on the IBC website: https://rsawa.research.ucla.edu/ibc/ibc-policies-guidance/. Please do not hesitate to contact us at ibc@research.ucla.edu or call (310) … Read More

ARC POLICY UPDATE

The ARC recently updated the policy Notification of Investigators with Sick or Injured Animals. This Policy delineates the responsibilities and obligations of DLAM and Investigators concerning sick or injured animals. While the substance of the policy remains unchanged, minor edits have been made to reflect current processes. We encourage you to review and discuss this policy with your research team. All … Read More

NEW ARC POLICY: Use of Fluids and Diluted Drugs in Research Animals

The ARC recently approved a new policy on use of fluids and diluted drugs in research animals. This policy details ARC requirements for handling, use, and storage of fluids and diluted drugs that are intended for use in research animals at UCLA. Exceptions are identified within the policy. We encourage you to review this policy with your research team. Please … Read More

NEW & UPDATED ARC POLICIES

The ARC recently approved the following new Policies: Audio and Video Recording of Institutionally Owned AnimalsThis Policy is intended to clarify under what circumstances filming, photography, and audio recording of animals involved in research is allowed in UCLA facilities. It also describes the permissible uses of such recordings. Reporting Adverse EventsThis Policy describes the process and expectation for timely reporting … Read More

3Rs Pilot Studies Call for Proposals – Deadline for Submission: March 17, 2023

The Animal Research Committee (ARC) is pleased to announce the Spring 2023 3Rs funding opportunity, provided by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Creative Activities. The VCR is once again offering up to $20,000 for the current award cycle. Aim of Award: The aim of the program is to promote and support pilot studies designed to replace the … Read More

RATS 2.0 Training and Office Hours

Below are the scheduled RATS 2.0 Zoom training sessions for the month of February. We highly encourage those of you who are new to working in the system to attend a training session to learn how to use RATS 2.0. Please contact RATSHelp@research.ucla.edu to register for an upcoming session: Date Time Tuesday, February 7, 2023 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Tuesday, February … Read More