A new protocol submission is submitted to the IACUC secretary in person or via email. The IACUC secretary sends a receipt of submission to the investigator and the proposed protocol is sent to the consulting veterinarian to pre-review. The consulting veterinarian sends his comments to the investigator. The investigator makes the required corrections\clarifications and sends the revised document back to the IACUC Secretary. Prior to the convened meeting, each IACUC member is provided with a full copy of each protocol and an outline that lists all projects to be reviewed during the convened meeting. Written descriptions of research projects that involve the care and use of animals are available to all IACUC members at least ten (10) days prior to a scheduled IACUC meeting. Full committee review (FCR) is required for all proposals submitted to the IACUC.
Approval of research projects may be granted only after review at a convened meeting of a quorum of the IACUC with the approval vote of a majority of the quorum present. No member may participate in the IACUC review or approval of a research project in which the member has a conflicting interest (e.g., is personally involved in the project), except to provide information requested by the IACUC, nor may a member who has a conflicting interest contribute to the constitution of a quorum. The IACUC shall notify investigators and the institution in writing of its decision to approve, require substantive modifications to (to secure approval), or withhold approval of those activities related to the care and use of animals.