What is the IACUC?

The IACUC is a diverse body of Brown faculty researchers, veterinarians, staff and unaffiliated community members appointed by the Vice President for Research.  The Committee reviews animal care and use protocols, evaluates the animal care and use program at regular intervals, and monitors University animal facilities and research activities to ensure compliance with protocols, standards and regulatory requirements.

The primary function of the IACUC is to assist faculty, students and staff in upholding Brown University's commitment to ensure the responsible care and humane use of all animals used in university research and instructional activities.  To this end, every research, testing, and teaching project involving the use of live vertebrate animals must be reviewed and approved by the IACUC prior to initiation.

What is the Animal Research Protection Program (ARPP)?

The ARPP is the administrative office within the Office for Research Integrity (ORI) dedicated to facilitating the submission, review and approval of IACUC protocols, supporting the various functions of the IACUC, and providing individual assistance to researchers whenever needed.

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Brown University holds a PHS Animal Welfare Assurance, is registered as a research facility with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and is fully accredited by AAALAC International. Brown University adheres to the “U.S. Government Principles for the Utilization and Care of Vertebrate Animals Used in Testing, Research, and Training,” “PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals,” “USDA: Animal Welfare Act & Regulations,” and “the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.”