University of Vermont

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee - IACUC


Continuing Review

There are requirements for continuing review in both the Public Health Service (PHS) Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Regulations on Animal Welfare.  

Animal welfare regulations require a continuing review at least annually for USDA-covered species and according to PHS Policy Section IV.C.5, “The IACUC shall conduct continuing review of each previously approved, ongoing activity covered by this Policy at appropriate intervals as determined by the IACUC, including a complete review in accordance with IV.C.1.-4. at least once every three years.” 

The IACUC developed the following processes to meet the requirements of both of the above.  

It is the policy of the IACUC to review all vertebrate animal research appropriate to the degree of pain involved, but not less than once per year.  

Each protocol continuing beyond every three-year point will receive complete de novo review (triennially).

The purpose of continuing review is to monitor:

  1. the status of the protocol;
  2. verify that completed activities were conducted in accordance with the approved protocols;
  3. solicit information about activities projected for the coming year; and
  4. changes in key personnel and whether mandatory training is complete.

Forms Needed

Request for Continuing Review Form

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