Don’t let your ARC protocol expire!

We are writing to request your help in fulfilling our regulatory responsibilities. In short, it is critically important that you submit your triennial review applications for your ARC protocols as soon as possible after receiving the first reminder notice from RATS, around 90 days prior to ARC expiration. This lead time is necessary due to the multiple components of the … Read More

3Rs Pilot Studies Call for Proposals – Deadline for Submission: March 1, 2024

The Animal Research Committee (ARC) is pleased to announce the Spring 2024 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

Laboratory Safety Awareness Week

Colleagues: please see the below communication from EH&S. February 12-16 is Laboratory Safety Awareness Week!  EH&S is celebrating with a themed week’s worth of educational activities around campus that give participants a chance to learn valuable safety skills and win prizes for themselves and their labs! Participants have a chance to… Scan the QR code for the most detailed and … Read More


The ARC recently updated the Environmental Enrichment and Social Housing policies to describe provision of additional enrichment for animals that cannot be socially housed. Both policies account for cases in which enrichment is withheld for scientific reasons, as documented in the approved protocol. The Environmental Enrichment policy further clarifies that when provided, additional enrichment will be identical to that provided … Read More

Laboratory Animal Occupational Health & Safety Program Manual

We are pleased to announce the publication of the UCLA Laboratory Animal Occupational Health and Safety Program (LAOHSP) Manual. The purpose of the manual is to consolidate in one location relevant information about the occupational health and safety program for those individuals working with or near animals at UCLA. We encourage you to share the link to the LAOHSP manual … Read More

PI Responsibility for Lab Closeout

Safety Oversight Committee To: Administrative Officers, Deans, Department Chairs, Directors, Faculty, Principal Investigators, Vice Chancellors and Vice Provosts Dear Colleagues: Principal Investigators (PIs) of research laboratories that are ending their supervision of the laboratories, for example due to retirement or new employment, have an obligation to ensure that they do not leave hazardous materials (biologics, chemicals, gas cylinders, equipment, radioisotopes) … Read More

RATS 2.0 Training and Office Hours

Below are the scheduled RATS 2.0 Zoom training sessions for the month of October. We highly encourage those who haven’t been in the system since the upgrade to attend a training session. Please contact to register for an upcoming session: Date  Time  Wednesday, October 11, 2023 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 18, 2023 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, … Read More

AAALAC Townhall Slides and Flow Chart

Thanks to those of you who were able to attend the joint ARC-DLAM AAALAC Prep town hall yesterday. The slides and flowchart discussed during the town hall are attached. Please share these documents with your teams and contact the ARC admin team and/or DLAM if you have any questions as we approach the November 6-9 site visit.

Readiness Checklist for AAALAC Site Visit

In preparation of the November AAALAC site visit (scheduled to begin in just over 6 weeks!), we encourage you and your team to review the attached checklist. Working your way through the 14 points of the checklist will help to ensure your own lab’s readiness for the visit. Don’t hesitate to reach out to the ARC administrative staff and/or DLAM … Read More


The ARC recently updated the policy Use of Pharmaceutical-Grade Compounds. Updates are largely cosmetic and do not change the long-standing ARC requirement to use pharmaceutical-grade or veterinary grade substances whenever they are available, even in acute procedures. The policy includes examples of justifications that may be provided to the ARC in cases when pharmaceutical-grade substances cannot be used. As a … Read More