Background: The Animal Welfare Act (AWA) requires the University of Pennsylvania Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), to review and, if warranted, investigate concerns involving the care and use of animals resulting from reports of noncompliance received from laboratory or research facility personnel, or public complaints (9 CFR 2.31[c]). The IACUC receives institutional support through the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA).
Reporting Policy: The IACUC encourages the rapid reporting of any concerns related to animal welfare and has established procedures to review and investigate any allegation of violations of University policy, IACUC guidelines, Public Health Service Guidelines or United States Department of Agriculture (U.S.D.A.) regulations implementing the AWA.
All concerns must be made through the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) at:
Telephone: (215) 898-2615; Fax: (215) 573-9438; E-mail: IACUC@pobox.upenn.edu
Writing: Mezzanine Level, 133 South 36th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3246
Individuals desiring to remain anonymous should report only through telephone contact.
Individuals may also report any concerns through 1-888-BEN-TIPS, the University’s Corporate Compliance Office hotline. Those concerns dealing with animal welfare are reported to the ORA and IACUC for resolution and reporting. All animal welfare concerns will be reviewed regardless of the form in which they are received. The University is also committed to protecting the rights of any individual reporting concerns of animal welfare.
If you have questions concerning this announcement please contact Joseph R. Sherwin, director of the Office of Regulatory Affairs at (215) 898-0082 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
–Perry B. Molinoff, Vice Provost for Research