To assure safety, maintenance, care and use of vertebrate animals and to comply with federal, state, and local laws, the University requires that prior to initiation, all course work and research projects involving vertebrate animals be reviewed and approved by the IACUC. This policy applies, regardless of the source of funding, to all biomedical, behavioral, teaching, training, and clinical research involving vertebrate animals performed by faculty, staff, and students of the University.
The IACUC has voted to allow the addition of personnel to a protocol, excluding a new PI or a surgeon or anesthetist on procedures using USDA covered species, to be reviewed administratively without the need for IACUC review (the removal of such personnel had previously been approved for administrative review). This should allow for faster reviews of amendments that add personnel as long as any other changes made also qualify for administrative review. See the Submissions page for further information on the administrative reviews of amendments.
ask BEN is a new search tool that can be used to find answers to your most frequently asked IACUC questions. Please click on the ask Ben icon to launch the application.
As of April 1, 2011, ARIES is required for all submissions other than Salary Support (Form F) or those related to current paper Form Ds.
The Animal Research Information & Electronic Submissions (ARIES) is now available to researchers at Penn. ARIES is a secure, web-based protocol and submission application.
ARIES allows the creation, submission, electronic routing, tracking, and managing of IACUC protocol submissions. Additionally, users have the ability to submit Amendments, 3-Year Renewals, Continuing Reviews, Exemption Requests, and Housing Applications associated with IACUC protocols that have been created within the ARIES system.
You can find out more information, including how to access ARIES, by viewing the IACUC Submissions page.
Download a copy of the ARIES User Guide.Please contact
for any ARIES-related questions.