The Maine Medical Center Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is a standing committee that reviews research and other activities involving animals to ensure that they are justified by their benefits and minimize any animal pain or suffering. Maine Medical Center staff or attending physicians using animals in biomedical research or teaching must have IACUC approval to do so.
The IACUC regularly inspects all projects using animals and all projects housing animals along with the Consulting Veterinarian and Animal Facility Manager. The Consulting Veterinarian and Animal Facility Manager provide for and disseminate information on the care, health and well-being of animals at Maine Medical Center through the Animal Users Group. The MMCRI Animal Research Program maintains Full Accreditation from the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC). More information regarding AAALAC may be found at AAALAC Facts.
All activities proposed to involve the care and use of live vertebrate animals must be reviewed and receive written, unconditional approval from the IACUC prior to commencing. This policy applies to ALL activities proposed to involve the care and use of live vertebrate animals, regardless of funding.
The IACUC meets at least six times per year. Meeting dates and times will be announced in advance of the meetings.
All applications for review and correspondence with the IACUC should be directed to the Research Compliance Office at MMCRI. For forms, application information, administration concerns and general inquiries please see Forms, Frequently Asked Questions, or Contact Us.