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2019 AAALAC Site Visit

AAALAC International will conduct its triennial site visit to the University of California San Diego November 18-21, 2019.

Read all of the AAALAC Reminders and Countdown to AAALAC Newsletters

What is AAALAC?

  • AAALAC International is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes the humane treatment of animals in science through voluntary accreditation and assessment programs. AAALAC accreditation is similar to the Joint Commission accreditation for hospitals and covers organizations that use animals in research, teaching or testing. Accredited organizations include universities, hospitals, government agencies, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and other types of research organizations.

Why is this Important to You and Your Laboratory?

  • The AAALAC site visit team will visit all animal use areas, including vivaria, laboratories, and satellite facilities and will use the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals as the basis for their assessment.
  • AAALAC accreditation is considered the “gold standard” and is viewed very favorably by granting agencies. Many institutions will not consider collaboration with other institutions or companies that are not AAALAC accredited.
  • The University of California Office of the President (UCOP) Policy requires that all UC campuses be AAALAC accredited. UC San Diego must be re-evaluated at a site visit every three years to maintain its accredited status.

How can You Prepare for the Site Visit?

In the coming months, the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Office will be sending a wealth of information to help you prepare for the site visit. In the meantime, Principal Investigators and their teams can start preparing by:

  • Reviewing your animal protocol and IACUC Policies
  • Cleaning up, organizing, and discarding old supplies and drugs
  • Updating your Personnel Qualifications (PQ) form to make sure it includes all species of animal with which you are working
  • Completing all training that has been assigned to you