• Is core facility accessible for inspection?

  • Contact IACUC Administrator to have him/her contact the PI to get access.

IACUC Core Facility Inspection

  • Is the facility space dedicated for animal procedures?

  • Is the space dedicated for animal use when animals are present?

  • Is the site free from drafts, windows, and laboratory traffic?

  • Have dirty cages been removed?

  • Is there a biohazard waste container (with an autoclavable liner) present?

  • Is there a sharps container present?

  • Are all work surfaces clean, and can they be disinfected?

  • Are disinfectants appropriate?

  • Examples of acceptable disinfectants:
    70% EtOH
    Quaternary Ammonium (Santi Cloths, Quatricide, Rocal, Tec-Surf II
    10% bleach (must be made fresh daily)
    Chlorine dioxide (Clidox, MB-10, check instructions for expiration)
    Glutaraldehydes (Cetylcide, Cide Wipes)
    Phenolics (Lysol, TBQ)
    Chlorhexidine (Nolvasan, Hibiclens)

  • Are disinfectants within their expiration date?

  • Do supplies and equipment appear to be clean?

  • Are there any additional comments for this section?

  • Additional comments/observations for section

  • Is photographic documentation needed for this section?

  • Photographic documentation of procedure space(s)

  • Photographic documentation item
  • Photographic documentation of procedure spaces


  • Diluted or mixed drugs or reagents should be stored in injectable vials or uncoated/untreated blood collection tubes.

    The expiration date of mixed drugs and reagents is the drug/reagent with the expiration date the will occur first. If the drug or reagent has no expiration, then it is 2 weeks from the date it was made if stored in the refrigerator.

    Avertin can be stored up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator, or 1 year in the freezer if protected from the light (I.e. - it must be stored wrapped in foil). It is considered expired if there are crystals in it, or it has turned yellow.

  • Are all anesthetics, drugs, and reagents within expiration date?

  • List expired drugs:

  • Are supplies within their expiration date?

  • List supplies that are expired:

  • Are all anesthetics, analgesics, antibiotics, other drugs and reagents pharmaceutical grade?

  • Are volatile anesthetics used for procedures?

  • Is a vaporizer used to administer the anesthetic?

  • Has the vaporizer been re-calibrated or re-certified in the past year?

  • Are the anesthetic gases scavenged?

  • How are the anesthetic gases scavenged?

  • Has the scavenging canister been weighed and labeled with its initial weight and date it was put into service?

  • Does the canister, or a log sheet near the canister have a periodic record of the date of use and a measurement of the canister's weight?

  • Are there any additional comments for this section?

  • Additional comments for drugs/reagents/ sutures section:

  • Is any photographic documentation needed for this section?

  • Is any photographic documentation needed for this section?

  • Drugs/Reagents/Sutures
  • Photographic documentation for Drugs/Reagents/Sutures:

Animal Protocol Information

  • Whose Animal Protocol Is the procedure done under?

  • Who's Animal Protocol is the procedure done under?

  • Has the Core's staff been added to all the appropriate animal Protocols?

  • Has the Core's procedures been added to all the PI APs?

  • Were the animals transferred to the Core's AP and was approval for the transfer received prior to beginning any animal work?

  • Have the animals been allowed to recover from anesthesia prior to transferring the animals back to the original PI?

  • Have the PIs lab staff been added to the Core's AP (so they can handle the animals following the procedure)?

  • The Core Facility Inspection is complete.

IACUC Semi-annual Non-USDA Core Facility Site Inspection Report

  • Thank you for facilitating the IACUC Semi-annual Non-USDA Core Facility Site Inspection. The Office for Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) requires all satellite core facilities where animal procedures are performed to be inspected by the IACUC every six months. Thank you for your cooperation in helping us fulfill this mandatory compliance requirement.

    This report is a summary of the core facility site inspection that was recently completed. Any deficiencies will be listed in either the Minor deficiency section or the Significant deficiency section. Corrective actions will be given for any deficiencies listed and a deadline will be given for notifying the IACUC Office that the corrective actions have been completed.

    Please contact the IACUC Training & Compliance Coordinator if you have any questions, concerns, or comments.

Minor Deficiencies

  • Are there any minor deficiencies?

  • List Minor Deficiencies:

  • There are no minor deficiencies.

Significant Deficiencies

  • Are there any significant deficiencies?

  • List Significant Deficiencies:

  • There are no significant deficiencies.

Corrective Actions

  • Are there any corrective actions?

  • Per OLAW regulations and IACUC Policy, corrective actions for Significant Deficiencies that affect the health or safety of the animal and/or the safety of personnel must be completed within a specified time which is to be determined by the Institutional Official (IO), the IACUC Chair, the (institution name) Attending Veterinarian, the IACUC Office Director, and other OAR Clinical Veterinarians.

    Corrective actions for Minor Deficiencies are to be completed by (insert date) and the IACUC Training & Compliance Coordinator should be contacted by e-mail (iacuc-pam@uiowa.edu) and informed that the corrective actions have been completed.

  • List the corrective actions:

  • There are no corrective actions to complete.

Recommended Actions

  • Are there any recommended actions?

  • List recommended actions:

  • There are no recommended actions.


  • Core Facility Site Inspection Rating:

  • Comments/Notes

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