IACUC Email Announcement Oct. 18, 2010

A Message from the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee:

New University Guidelines and Procedures for Procuring, Securing, and Safeguarding Controlled Substances

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) of the United States Department of Justice, which is responsible for enforcing the Controlled Substances Act, has developed a number of regulations stipulating how controlled substances must be procured, secured, and safeguarded against diversion. These regulations are codified in the Practitioner’s Manual and other guidance documents.

 Violation of laws and regulations regarding the procurement, safeguard, and use of controlled substances can result in severe penalties, including criminal prosecution, monetary fines, and imprisonment.
To aid University of Pittsburgh investigators in complying with the Controlled Substances Act and related regulations, University guidelines have been developed, as well as a number of internal implementation procedures.
A new website (http://www.rcco.pitt.edu/ControlledDrugs/index.htm) discusses these guidelines and procedures. All faculty, staff members, and students who purchase or have access to controlled substances must review the information posted on the website, to ensure that they are familar with the the provisions of DEA requirements.

Key provisions:
   1. Controlled substances cannot be transferred between laboratories; each principal investigator must hold their own DEA license.
   2. All individuals who procure, dispense, or make use of controlled substances for treatment of animals or experimental procedures must undergo a criminal background screening, as stipulated in DEA regulations. Human Resources has developed procedures for conducting this screening (see: http://www.hr.pitt.edu/empreledu/pdf/dea_hr_procedures.pdf).
   3. New procedures have been implemented by Purchasing Services for ordering controlled substances (see: http://www.rcco.pitt.edu/ControlledDrugs/Guidelines/OrderingExternalVend... m).
   4. New form templates are provided to simplify accounting and inventory procedures required by the DEA.