action, physical or psychological, which results in wrongful or
abusive treatment of an animal.
Violation of University policy or noncompliance with the Public
Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory
Policy), the USDA Animal Welfare Act Regulations (USDA
AWAR), and other applicable federal, state, and local laws
or regulations governing animal care and use.
WHO MAY REPORT
Any person, including any University employee, student,
volunteer, or member of the general public, may report concerns
involving the care and use of animals at UCLA. Such concerns may
be reported anonymously. If the complainant identifies
him/herself, protection of his/her identity will be maintained
to the extent possible within the legitimate needs of law and
WHEN AND WHAT TO
Based on federal requirements, the
ARC has identified several kinds of reportable incidents that
may serve as examples to guide individuals in making their
determinations. These incidents include, but are not limited to,
the following: a condition that is or may be a threat to
the health or safety of animals; the conduct of animal-related
activities or protocol modifications without prior ARC review
and approval; continuing activities past the protocol expiration
date; the conduct of activities by uncertified and/or unlisted
personnel; continuing noncompliance.
If you believe that mistreatment or noncompliance has
occurred, timely reporting is essential to protect the animals
involved and to facilitate the investigation of the allegations.
Owing to the great diversity of
potential problems, it is not possible to anticipate all of the
incidents that may occur and provide an exhaustive listing of
those considered reportable. As such, determination that
a problem falls within the letter or spirit of either
"mistreatment" or "noncompliance" requires a degree of
judgment. Frequently, the attending veterinarian, animal care
personnel, and investigators can work together to prevent or
resolve a problem. If in doubt, it is better to submit a report,
as this may well protect the institution, the complainant, the
alleged violator(s) and, of course, the animals.
HOW TO REPORT
Reports are encouraged to be made in writing so as to assure
a clear understanding of the issues raised, but may be made
verbally. Such reports should contain as much specific, factual
information as possible to allow for a full investigation and proper
assessment of the nature, extent, and urgency of the concern.
Information should include, but need not be limited to, the
nature, date, time, and location of the occurrence; the person(s)
against whom the allegation is being made; and any supporting
WHOM TO CONTACT
prompt attention to any reported allegation, as well as to
ensure anonymity of any “whistleblower” reports, please contact
the Director or Assistant Director at the Office of Animal
Research Oversight (OARO).
UCLA Office of Animal Research Oversight
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1694
For information on investigative
procedures, please refer to the
ARC Policy on
Investigating Allegations of Mistreatment or Other Noncompliance
AWAR §2.31(c)(4) "With respect to activities involving
animals, the IACUC,
as an agent of the research facility, shall... review, and, if
warranted, investigate concerns involving the care and use of
animals at the research facility resulting from public
complaints received and from reports of noncompliance received
from laboratory or research facility personnel or employees."
AWAR §2.32(c)(4) "Training and instruction of personnel must
include guidance in... methods whereby deficiencies in animal
care and treatment are reported, including deficiencies in
animal care and treatment reported by any employee of the
facility. No facility employee, Committee member, or laboratory
personnel shall be discriminated against or be subject to any
reprisal for reporting violations of any regulation or standards
under the Act."
Policy IV.B.4. "As an agent of the institution, the IACUC
shall... review concerns involving the care and use of animals at
IACUC = Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. At
UCLA, the IACUC is referred to as the Chancellor's Animal
Research Committee (ARC).
4/26/04, Revised 3/1/10
ARC Policy on Reporting, Receiving and Handling Allegations of
Mistreatment or Other Noncompliance Issues 2/95