The IACUC Training Requirements for Research Personnel policy stipulates that personnel working with laboratory animals must be appropriately qualified and trained in order to ensure humane treatment of the animals. Upon IACUC approval of a protocol, personnel on that protocol may work with animals under direct, “on-site” supervision until they are trained and sufficiently experienced in each procedure to conduct the work completely without supervision. The supervisor must be the PI, or the PI’s competent and experienced designee, and must be immediately available to the trainee while they conduct animal work. Unsupervised work can begin only once the individual has completed PI-mentored training to reach a competency that satisfies the PI. The PI must document PI-mentored training used to authorize unsupervised work with animals. Documentation of PI-mentored training must be available for inspection by the IACUC or other regulatory agencies.
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