Office of Responsible Research Practices
The Ohio State University


IACUC and IBC Annual Review Changes

Posted: January 19, 2022

On November 24, 2021, the USDA APHIS issued a final rule in response to the 21st Century Cures Act for the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee at each facility to conduct a continuing review of research activities involving animals and review of such activities at least every three years. This change aligns with NIH OLAW timeline for completing a review. Therefore, the IACUC voted to eliminate annual reviews for approved protocols with the exception of studies funded by U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). This change is effective December 27, 2021.

In addition, the Institutional Biosafety Committee evaluated the annual review process and voted to eliminate submitting a form annually. In its place, an email notice will be sent requesting an annual protocol self-assessment to be performed to help determine if a protocol amendment is needed or changes to the study team. A list of items to review will be provided in the instructions of the notice. This change is effective January 13, 2022.

A renewal protocol is still required to be submitted. These changes do not affect the 3-year renewal process for IACUC protocols nor the 5-year renewal process for IBC protocols.

Category : IACUC / IBC / ORRP