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Animal Research Online (ARO)

ARO is a new web-based system designed to manage animal research protocols and the protocol review process. It will improve efficiency and effectiveness and also reduce compliance risk for researchers, IACUC members, and staff.

AAALAC Accredited

The University of Pittsburgh is an AAALAC accredited institution. AAALAC International is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes the humane treatment of animals in science through voluntary accreditation and assessment programs.

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Preparation for AAALAC Site Visit
Our triennial AAALAC accreditation site visit will occur on November 7-10, 2016. It is imperative for our continued accreditation that everyone utilizing animals for teaching or research are familiar with how an AAALAC site visit is conducted and what is expected of them during the visit. Forums are scheduled in October for every facility where research on animal subjects is conducted.
Upfront with the IACUC Office
Upfront with the IACUC is a new program to aid investigators, staff members, and trainees in complying with the many directives that govern animal use in research and teaching. We're here to answer your questions, prepare you for laboratory inspections, and provide training on use of the Animal Research Online system to submit protocols.
NIH Policy on Consideration of Sex as a Biological Variable
New NIH policy on consideration of sex as a biological variable, once approved by the Office of Budget and Management, will require investigators to include accounting for sex as a biological variable in the 'research strategy' section of the application.