Pain, Distress and Humane Endpoints - May 2017

Audience: Principal investigators writing protocols for the first time

Goal: Understand the concepts of pain, distress, and humane endpoints in animals

  • Identify pain and distress in rodents
  • Categorize pain and distress levels appropriately
  • Formulate relevant humane endpoints
Module Developers: Stephanie Cook, Rachel Feldman, Noel Ramsey, Cody YagerFile Slides (PPT)Submit comments or questions to

Significant Protocol Changes - May 2017

Audience: IACUC members

Goal: Understand policy for review and approval of significant amendments to ensure compliance

  • Define a significant amendment based on institutional policy
  • Differentiate between examples of significant or minor protocol amendments
  • Predict the proper method of IACUC review for significant amendments
Module Developers: Anne Clancy, Jason Egeler, Jean Kundert, Mary TravisFile Slides (PPT)Submit comments or questions to

Noncompliance Reporting and FOIA - May 2017

Audience: IACUC members

  • Understand the concept of noncompliance and how and why we report
  • Understand the impact of the Freedom of Information Act as it relates to noncompliance reporting
  • Define noncompliance
  • Assess whether events are noncompliant
  • Outline noncompliance reporting requirements of OLAW & USDA
  • Predict possible outcomes of reporting noncompliance
  • Justify why we report noncompliance
  • Recognize appropriate content of a noncompliance report and what can make it FOIA ready
Module Developers: Marilyn Brown, Jessi Kittel, Jane Na, David Powell, Bridget Watson
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Departures - May 2017

Audience: IACUC members

Goal: Understanding Guide departures and to appropriately report findings to address institutional regulatory burden.

  • Define must, should, or may
  • Identify an IACUC approved departure, exception or a validated performance standard
  • Categorize the status of a finding as not a departure, an approved departure, or noncompliance
  • Determine the appropriate reporting requirements for a departure
Module Developers: Gretchen Hundertmark, Kari Koszdin, Kirk Lubick, Dawn O-ConnorFile Slides (PPT)Submit comments or questions to

Advance Notice of Transition to the xTRACT System for Preparing Research Training Data Tables

NOT-OD-18-133  Beginning with RPPRs due on or after October 1, 2019 and applications submitted for due dates on or after January 25, 2020, NIH anticipates that it will mandate that required training data tables submitted with T32, TL1, T90/R90, and T15 applications and progress reports be created via the xTRACT system. Learn more about xTRACT.