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The Office of Research Support (ORS) does not administer or oversee HOP policy 5-2011 or training related to the policy. ORS administers HOP policy 7-1210, “Promoting Objectivity in Research by Managing, Reducing or Eliminating Financial Conflicts of Interest” so if you conduct research and have:

  1. Not submitted a Financial Interest Disclosure (FID), you will need to complete mandatory training and file a FID. Instructions for completing these requirements are located at
  2. Previously submitted a FID, you are not required to complete additional training nor re-disclose the same information to comply with the UTS 180/HOP 5-2011 policy requirements.   However, you may have other responsibilities under that policy.

HOP policy 5-2011 QUESTIONS? Contact the Provost’s Office or call Mike Kerker, Associate Vice Provost at (512) 471-2694.


IACUC Update Volume 7, Issue 11, August 2014

Biannual Inventory of Drugs

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) recently conducted a site visit of a license holder on campus. During the visit, the DEA noted that the researcher had not conducted a biannual inventory of their controlled substances.

The biannual inventory is a physical verification that the observed inventory of controlled substances matches the documented inventory. EHS recommends that the biannual inventory be a separate document from the “regular” inventory.

Employment Opportunity in ORS

The Office of Research Support at The University of Texas at Austin has an open position for an IACUC Coordinator.

IACUC Program Coordinator
Posting Number: 14-08-05-01-8105

Interested applicants must apply through The University of Texas at Austin Human Resources:

Semi-Annual Facility Evaluations: Coming Soon!

The semi-annual evaluations of all the University’s animal facilities will occur from September 22 through October 8, 2014. This process involves an examination of all areas where animals are used or housed for teaching, research, and/or testing.

A complete schedule is attached to this newsletter. Unfortunately, the IACUC will be unable to provide specific times within each evaluation window for individual laboratories.

You can begin preparing your laboratory for the visit by reviewing the revised “Laboratory Self-Evaluation Checklists” that are available on the “Documents, Materials, and Forms” page of the IACUC website.

Goodbye Felicia

Felicia Ponce will be leaving the Office of Research Support with her last day being Thursday, August 14, 2014. From Felicia:

I would like to take this opportunity to say good-bye as I am headed back home to San Antonio. Thank you all for a wonderful experience at The University of Texas at Austin! Our IACUC has such a solid program and I have learned so much in my time here. I will miss the semi-annual facility evaluations that gave me a chance to see all of the amazing work and scientific progress. Thank you all for your warm welcome and all of the interactions during my time here!

Thank you Felicia and best of luck!

Protocol Description of Personnel Qualifications & Training

The IACUC must assess the adequacy of training and experience of personnel regarding the procedures used, and roles and responsibilities of personnel involved. For each person listed on a protocol, you are required to describe that person’s previous experience with the specific species and procedures listed on the protocol. If someone does not have previous experience, you must describe the training plan for that person.

The information provided on the “Personnel Information” page should explain past experience and/or the plan for supervision and training in sufficient detail for the IACUC to assess their qualifications.

Stating “X+ years with rodents” or “Prior experience collecting blood” is not adequate.

Upcoming Meeting Dates

The next IACUC Full Committee Review (FCR) is October 06, 2014.
The deadline to submit a new protocol or third-year resubmission is September 12, 2014.

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