Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

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Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, or IACUC, is responsible for the assessment, oversight, and routine evaluations of SIU’s Animal Care and Use Program. The committee reviews and approves animal use protocols, routinely inspects animal care and use areas, conducts semiannual reviews, and establishes policies and procedures pertaining to SIU animal welfare.

Upcoming IACUC Meetings (3rd Wednesday of the month)

January 17th, 2024
February 21st, 2024
March 20th, 2024
April 17th, 2024
May 15th, 2024
June 26th, 2024
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July 17th, 2024
August 21st, 2024
September 18th, 2024
October 16th, 2024
November 20th, 2024
December 18th, 2024

IACUC Review Process

Submitting a Protocol

Submit the completed Animal Use Application (.docx) and Statement of Assurance (.pdf) to Attach any documents referenced in the protocol such as permits or standard operating procedures (SOPs). Including additional graphics such as flowcharts or tables may help reviewers better understand the proposal.


The IACUC administrative office coordinates with the IACUC committee to initiate the pre-review and review process.

Upon completion of pre-review, all committee members read the protocol and make the determination if a subset of at least two reviewers (Designated Member Review) or if the full committee (Full Committee Review) should evaluate the protocol. FCR will occur at the monthly IACUC meeting. If the protocol is a new submission, the Principal Investigator (PI) will be invited to join the meeting and answer questions from the committee.

All revision requests, including those from pre-review, DMR, or FCR, will be communicated to the PI in writing via email. Revision requests often occur more than once before approval. Responding to revision requests in a timely manner ensures that the protocol is reviewed with minimal delays.


After the necessary revisions, IACUC may elect to approve the protocol. If approved, a memorandum will be sent to the PI with the date of approval. Approved protocols are valid for 3 years.

By law, work cannot begin on a protocol until the formal IACUC memorandum of approval is emailed to the PI.

For a visual depiction of the protocol review process, please visit Flowchart of Application Review Process (.pdf)