Miami VA Animal Research
Animal Component of Research Protocol (ACORP)
All Research Studies which involve the use of live animals or animal tissues require an Animal Component of Research Protocol (ACORP) to be completed and submitted along with the Research Protocol. The following web site has important information about ACORP as well as the latest VACO-mandated ACORP documents available for downloading.
The use of animals in VA research is a privilege granted to those investigators and programs that commit to meeting the highest ethical and regulatory standards. VA animal care and use programs must follow VA policy on the use of animals found in Handbook 1200.07, "Use of Animals in Research", which incorporates compliance with USDA Animal Welfare Act Regulations and PHS Policy. All VA animal care and use programs are accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC, International). VA places great emphasis on the importance of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) in self-regulation and accountability of local programs. ORD support for field animal care and use programs is coordinated by the office of the Chief Veterinary Medical Officer (CVMO).
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