Two ethical issues facing Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUCs) today are assessing scientific merit and the use of alternatives in research proposals. This study evaluated 3 IACUCs using a 19-question survey, with a 77.8% response rate. Although 76% of members answered that scientific merit should be more diligently assessed if more than slight pain is caused, 14% believed that assessing scientific merit is not the role of the IACUC. Nearly 86% agreed that the search for alternatives should be more diligent for protocols that incure more than slight pain to the animals involved. Some members believed that alternatives were not actively enough sourght after, while others believed that no viable alternatives existed. Additional guidelines are needed to clarify these issues.
|Publication Title||Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis|
|Author Address||Center for Animals and Public Policy, Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, Medford, Massachusetts, USA.Kmg27@hotmail.com|
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