ARC News

Posted On 7/10/2017
Important information for anesthetic gas users
In partnership with Associate Vice Chancellor for Research–Laboratory Safety Nancy Wayne, the Industrial Hygiene Program in Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) has launched an effort to raise awareness regarding... » read more
Posted On 6/30/2017
IMPORTANT NOTICE: New Species-Specific Training Requirement
As you know, UCLA uses the nationally recognized Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) program to train animal users on... » read more
Posted On 6/19/2017
New Outreach Initiative: Come See Our World
Americans for Medical Progress (AMP) has launched a new outreach initiative aimed at increasing transparency around animal research. “Come See Our World” (CSOW) is a program that... » read more
Posted On 6/5/2017
Laboratory Animal Allergens - What are the Risks?
Laboratory Animal Allergies (LAA) and Occupational Asthma (OA) develop from exposure to animal allergens, and are among the most common... » read more
Posted On 5/19/2017
UCLA’s Commitment to Research Safety
Laboratory safety is important to all of us at UCLA. A culture of safety is not only essential to the successful and responsible conduct of research, but also... » read more
Posted On 5/12/2017
ARC POLICY UPDATE
The ARC recently revised the Policy, Maintaining Animals in Study Areas.... » read more
Posted On 5/5/2017
Important information about Seoul Virus
DLAM has put together the below information regarding Seoul virus. This information is particularly important for rat users.... » read more
Posted On 5/2/2017
IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT YOUR ARC PROTOCOL(S)
In 2012, the ARC implemented a change in approval periods, such that research with non-USDA regulated species is approved on a 3-year cycle, ... » read more
Posted On 5/2/2017
ARC POLICY UPDATE
The ARC recently updated the Policy, Review of Significant Changes to Previously Approved Protocols.... » read more
Posted On 4/10/2017
3Rs Pilot Studies Call for Proposals - Deadline for Submission: May 5, 2017
The Research Safety & Animal Welfare Administration (RSAWA) is pleased to announce the Spring 2017 3Rs funding opportunity, provided by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.... » read more
Posted On 3/28/2017
ARC POLICY UPDATE
The ARC recently updated the Policy, Tracking and Reporting Animal Numbers.... » read more
Posted On 1/27/2017
Introducing Research Safety & Animal Welfare Administration (RSAWA)
In 2009, the Office of Animal Research Oversight (OARO) was established following dissolution of the Office for Protection of Research Subjects.... » read more
Posted On 12/5/2016
ARC POLICY UPDATES
The ARC recently updated the following policies:... » read more
Posted On 11/30/2016
Deadline for December ARC Meeting
Due to activities related to ORA’s upcoming move from the Kinross Building to 10889 Wilshire Blvd, RATS will be unavailable from Friday, December 2, 2016 at 5:00PM to Monday, December 5, 2016 at 5:00AM.... » read more
Posted On 11/21/2016
ARC POLICY UPDATE
The ARC recently updated the Policy, Responsibility for Monitoring Laboratory Animals (formerly: Responsibility of Principal Investigators for Monitoring Laboratory Animals).... » read more
Posted On 9/12/2016
3Rs Pilot Studies Call for Proposals - Deadline for Submission: October 31, 2016
The Office of Animal Research Oversight is pleased to announce the Fall 2016 3Rs funding opportunity, provided by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.... » read more
Posted On 9/9/2016
Laboratory Animal Allergens - What are the Risks?
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.... » read more
Posted On 9/9/2016
ARC POLICY UPDATE
The ARC recently updated the policy, Notification of Investigators with Sick or Injured Animals, to clarify requirements for PIs to report instances of sick or injured animals and responsibilities for carrying out treatments prescribed by the veterinarian.... » read more
Posted On 7/25/2016
Mycobacterium marinum infections (Fish tank granuloma)
The following information was prepared by the UCLA Occupational Health Facility Medical Director T. Warner Hudson in an effort to educate researchers on the risks of Mycobacterium marinum infections.... » read more
Posted On 7/7/2016
FAQs Regarding ARC Grant Congruence Review
In recent months, it has come to our attention that there may be some misunderstanding about the purpose and nature of the ARC grant congruence review process. ... » read more
Posted On 3/28/2016
ARC POLICY UPDATE
The ARC recently updated the policy, Treatment and Use of Animals under Expired Protocols (formerly: Treatment and Use of Animals under Expired or Suspended Protocols)... » read more
Posted On 2/22/2016
ARC POLICY UPDATE
The ARC recently updated the policy, Responsibility of Principal Investigators for Monitoring Laboratory Animals... » read more
Posted On 12/15/2015
Office of Research Administration (ORA) 2015-2016 Winter Holiday Closure
The Office Research Administration (ORA) will observe UCLA’s 2015-2016 Winter Holiday Closure.... » read more
Posted On 10/19/2015
ARC POLICY UPDATE: Review of Significant Changes to Previously Approved Protocols
The ARC Policy on Review of Significant Changes to Previously Approved Protocols has been revised... » read more
Posted On 8/27/2015
New UCLA Logon Page - Coming August 30, 2015
On August 30, 2015, UCLA Single Sign-On will be updating the look and feel of the UCLA Logon page.... » read more
Posted On 8/26/2015
Laboratory Animal Allergens - What are the Risks?
Laboratory Animal Allergies (LAA) and Occupational Asthma (OA) develop from exposure to animal allergens... » read more
Posted On 7/1/2015
ARC POLICY UPDATE: Non-survival Surgical Procedures
The ARC Policy on Non-survival Surgical Procedures has recently been revised... » read more
Posted On 6/18/2015
ARC POLICY UPDATE: Review of Significant Changes to Previously Approved Protocols
The ARC Policy on Review of Significant Changes to Previously Approved Protocols has recently been revised... » read more
Posted On 4/14/2015
NEW ARC POLICY: Tracking and Reporting Animal Numbers
The Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) International Council on Accreditation identified several gaps in our program during its July 2014 site visit... » read more
Posted On 2/11/2015
ARC Policy Updates
The ARC recently updated two policies and approved a new policy.... » read more
Posted On 1/13/2015
ARC Policy Reminder: Restricted Access to Food/Water
For those of you that use food/water restriction in your experiments, we encourage you to review the following ARC Policies... » read more
Posted On 11/21/2014
Office of Research Administration (ORA) 2014-2015 Winter Holiday Closure
The Office Research Administration (ORA) will observe UCLA’s 2014-2015 Winter Holiday Closure. ORA will be closed beginning Wednesday, December 24, 2014 and will reopen on Monday, January 5, 2015.... » read more
Posted On 9/29/2014
ARC Requirement for Social Housing of Social Species
During their July 2014 visit to our campus, the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) International site visit team noted that a large number of animals throughout the facilities were individually housed absent ARC approval or veterinary exemption for the arrangement.... » read more
Posted On 9/10/2014
Use of CO2 for Rodent Euthanasia
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2013 Edition includes new recommendations concerning use of CO2 exposure... » read more
Posted On 8/28/2014
What are lab animal allergies and occupational asthma?
Laboratory Animal Allergies (LAA) and Occupational Asthma (OA) develop from exposure to animal allergens... » read more
Posted On 7/16/2014
ARC POLICY UPDATE: Survival Surgery in Mice, Rats, and Birds
The ARC Policy on Survival Surgery in Mice, Rats, and Birds has recently been revised... » read more
Posted On 6/13/2014
NEW ARC POLICY: Rodent CO2 Euthanasia
The ARC has recently approved a new Policy... » read more
Posted On 5/7/2014
IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT YOUR ARC PROTOCOL(S)
Two years ago, the ARC implemented a change in approval periods... » read more
Posted On 3/27/2014
3Rs Pilot Studies Call for Proposals - Deadline for Submission April 25, 2014
The Office of Animal Research Oversight is pleased to announce the Spring 2014 3Rs funding opportunity, provided by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.... » read more
Posted On 2/21/2014
New Policy on Breeding Colony Management
The ARC has recently approved a new Policy on Breeding Colony Management... » read more
Posted On 11/21/2013
ARC POLICY UPDATE: Tissue Collection for DNA Extraction for Genotyping in Rodents
The ARC Policy on Tissue Collection for DNA Extraction for Genotyping in Rodents (formerly Tissue Collection for DNA Extraction for Genotyping in Mice) has recently been revised. ... » read more
Posted On 11/19/2013
Office of Animal Research Oversight (OARO) 2013-2014 Winter Holiday Closure
OARO will be closed December 21, 2013 - January 1, 2014. ... » read more
Posted On 11/4/2013
AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals - Confirmation of Death
Describes the requirement to confirm death following non-physical methods of euthanasia. ... » read more
Posted On 10/14/2013
ARC Policy Update: Tumor Development in Rodents
The ARC Policy on Tumor Development in Rodents has been revised to eliminate tumor size limits. ... » read more
Posted On 9/23/2013
AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals
Announces the 2013 edition of the AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals ... » read more
Posted On 7/22/2013
Laboratory Disaster Plan for Animal Users
Introduces the Laboratory Disaster Plan for Animal Users and describes action required of researchers that bring animals to their labs. ... » read more
Posted On 6/16/2013
UPDATE: Resources for Animal Research
The Resources for Animal Research page has been updated to include a section on Guidelines for Wildlife Research.... » read more
Posted On 1/2/2013
Suggestions and Reminders about the ARC Review Process
As part of our efforts to facilitate ARC review of your protocol, while ensuring institutional compliance with all applicable regulations, the Office of Animal Research Oversight (OARO) offers the following reminders and suggestions regarding your applications. ... » read more
Posted On 6/30/2011
Laboratory Animal Allergens- What are the Risks?
Even if you do not work directly with animals, the risk from secondary allergens in the laboratory is real. ... » read more
Posted On 1/15/2011
Updated Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals
PHS Policy requires that institutions base their animal care and use programs on the most current version of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (the Guide). AAALAC also requires compliance with the Guide as a condition for accreditation. ... » read more
Posted On 5/28/2009
New Resources on Recognizing and Alleviating Pain & Distress in Laboratory Animals
The Institute for Laboratory Animal Research (ILAR) recently published two new reference/guidance document entitled Recognition and Alleviation of Pain in Laboratory Animals (2009) and Recognition and Alleviation of Distress in Laboratory Animals (2008).... » read more
Posted On 5/6/2009
Elimination of Requirement for ARC Review of Program Projects and Training Grants
Effective May 6, 2009, the requirement for administrative ARC review of program projects and training grants has been removed. ... » read more
Posted On 1/3/2009
Suggestions for Facilitating ARC Review of your Protocol
Over the past few years, the ARC has significantly reduced the turnaround time for approval of protocols, while maintaining the same high level of review. However, with UC mandated furloughs and an ever increasing workload, the ARC faces challenges to maintain the same level of efficiency. ... » read more
Posted On 6/2/2008
Information Regarding Types of ARC Protocol Review
Federal regulations allow for two types of review of animal use protocols: Full Committee Review (FCR) and Designated Member Review (DMR). ... » read more
Posted On 3/11/2008
Revised ARC Policy on Care of EAE Mice
On February 25, 2008, the ARC approved a revised Policy on Care of Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis (EAE) Mice. ... » read more
Posted On 3/1/2008
S.E.A.R.S. (Surplus Experimental Animal Resource Sharing)
DLAM is in the early stages of setting up a secure, centralized website for the exchange of animals from protocols of UCLA investigators with excess animals to protocols of investigators in need of animals. ... » read more
Posted On 8/16/2007
Online Medical History Questionnaire Now Available
University policy requires that all personnel who will handle animals or animal tissues, or who will have access to any vivarium facilities, submit a Medical History Questionnaire (MHQ) to the Occupational Health Facility on an annual basis. ... » read more
Posted On 9/15/2006
RATS Program Now Compatible with Mac Safari Browser
The ARC's Research Application Tracking System (RATS) is now compatible with the preferred Mac browser, Safari. Please note that Netscape and Firefox browsers are not supported for Mac users at this time. ... » read more
Posted On 9/11/2006
Frequently Asked Questions Posted on OLAW Website
A series of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) is now posted on the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) website. ... » read more
Posted On 6/19/2006
OLAW Publication: What Investigators Need to Know About the Use of Animals
The NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) has created a brochure intended to communicate to investigators their responsibilities under Public Health Service (PHS) Grants Policy and PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. ... » read more
Posted On 2/8/2006
American Physiological Society (APS) announces the publication of a Resource Book for the Design of Animal Exercise Protocols
The American Physiological Society (APS) announces the publication of a Resource Book for the Design of Animal Exercise Protocols. ... » read more
Posted On 2/2/2006
Notice Regarding Consideration of Alternatives to Painful/Distressful Procedures
Principle 3 of the U.S. Government Principles for the Utilization and Care of Vertebrate Animals Used in Testing, Research, and Training states that "animals selected for a procedure should be of an appropriate species and quality and the minimum number required to obtain valid results. ... » read more
Posted On 4/2/2005
Notification of Change in ARC Review and Approval of Collaborative Research Between UCLA and the VAGLAHS
Notification of Change in ARC Review and Approval of Collaborative Research Between UCLA and the VAGLAHS ... » read more
Posted On 4/1/2005
Reporting Serious and Continuing Noncompliance to the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW)
PHS Policy IV.F.3 requires that the ARC, through the Institutional Official, promptly provide OLAW with a full explanation of the circumstances and actions taken ... » read more
Posted On 2/19/2004
Estimating the Number of Animals
The ARC guidance on Estimating the Number of Animals has been revised to include resources that investigators may find helpful in determining animal numbers for their research applications. ... » read more
Posted On 1/21/2004
New Resource for Investigators: How to Write an Application Involving Research Animals
Developed by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), in conjunction with the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW), this tutorial provides a step by step guide to the preparation of an application ... » read more
Posted On 12/18/2003
Procedures for Reporting Procurement of Animals through Non-Traditional Vendors/Sources
In order to comply with the USDA Animal Welfare Act Regulations (AWARs) and the PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (PHS Policy), all ARC protocols must specify and include a rationale for the number of animals that will be used in the study. ... » read more
Posted On 11/15/2003
Resources & Guidance
Information on Material Safety Data Sheets, Guidelines for the Care and Use of Mammals in Neuroscience and Behavioral Research, and Frequently Asked Questions About the PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals ... » read more
Posted On 11/15/2003
USDA Amends Regulations Regarding Possession and Use of Select Biological Agents and Toxins
USDA Press Release issued 11/3/03 ... » read more
Posted On 11/15/2003
Animal Welfare Act Standards to be Applied to International Carriers
USDA Press Release issued 10/9/03 ... » read more
Posted On 8/30/2003
Behavioral Testing Core Provides Services and Expertise to UCLA Researchers
The Behavioral Testing Core is a multidisciplinary core located in the UCLA Psychology Department that is available to all UCLA researchers interested in the determination of behavioral phenotypes in different rodent strains. ... » read more
Posted On 6/24/2003
Mutant Mouse Regional Resource Centers (MMRRC)
The MMRRC program is sponsored by the NIH National Center for Research Resources and was developed to ensure the continued availability of scientifically valuable, genetically engineered mice for distribution to qualified researchers studying human and animal biology and disease. ... » read more
Posted On 5/26/2003
New Resource on the Search for Alternatives
Resources in Animal Alternatives is a recent addition to the UCLA Biomedical Library online resource series and is designed to serve as a starting point for locating information on any topic in the field of animal testing alternatives. ... » read more
Posted On 5/26/2003
Zoonoses and Zoonotic Information
Information regarding occupational risks associated with zoonotic diseases is now available on the UCLA Health Protection Tracking System (HPTS) website. ... » read more
Posted On 4/15/2003
Regulatory Update: Recent News of the Rats, Mice, and Birds Issue; Electronic Gateway to Enhance Public Participation in Federal Rulemaking
Recent News of the Rats, Mice, and Birds Issue and Electronic Gateway to Enhance Public Participation in Federal Rulemaking ... » read more
Posted On 2/22/2003
The Literature Search for Alternatives
In conducting literature searches for alternatives (i.e., refinement, reduction, replacement), investigators are encouraged to utilize the following resources for guidance. ... » read more
Posted On 2/22/2003
ARC Policy on Toe-Clipping
In order to comply with the recommendations of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, the ARC has issued a policy prohibiting the practice of toe-clipping as a means of identifying rodents unless explicit approval is obtained from the ARC. ... » read more
Posted On 10/19/2002
NIH Announcements Regarding Just-In-Time for IACUC Review, Use of Carbon Dioxide for Euthanasia of Small Animals, and Research with Recombinant DNA Molecules
NIH Announces Just-In-Time for IACUC Review ... » read more
Posted On 7/16/2001
Standard Operating Procedure Governing Facilities for Mice at UCLA
On July 2, 2001, the Vice Chancellor for Research issued a notice to introduce the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) Governing Facilities for Mice at UCLA. ... » read more