Updates to Training Modules for Investigators Using Animals for Research or Teaching

The IACUC is required by both Public Health Service Policy and the Animal Welfare Act to assure that all individuals who use animals for research and teaching are properly trained to do so. We periodically update the animal user modules for accuracy and to streamline the training of investigators.

We just updated the Use of Laboratory Animals in Research and Education module required for all animal users. The module was updated to reflect recent changes in the animal program, and was streamlined by removing the section regarding the management of controlled substances.

Information related to the procurement, security, and disposal of controlled substances is now in a separate module, the completion of which is only required for personnel listed on protocols that entail the use of controlled substances.

The new controlled substance module is available on the ISER website at this link: https://cme.hs.pitt.edu/ISER/app/learner/loadModule?moduleId=20813

These changes will simplify training for many investigators who conduct animal research, as information related to controlled substances will not be provided unless relevant to personnel listed on a particular protocol.

All personnel who completed the Use of Laboratory Animals in Research and Education module prior to July 23, and are listed on protocols that entail the use of controlled substances, will not be required to take the controlled substance module until their certification of the Use of Laboratory Animals module expires. Retaking of animal user modules is required every four years.

The IACUC training page lists the required training for animal users. Please contact the IACUC training coordinator if you have any questions about these training requirements.