IACUC
The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

Introduction Tasks & Mode of Operation Regulations Principles The IACUC Form

In 1994, the Law for the Protection of Animals - Experiments with Animals was passed by the Israeli Knesset. According to the Israeli law, institutions that use laboratory animals for research or instructional purposes must establish an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (see IACUC Related links) to oversee and evaluate all aspects of the institution's animal care and use program. Experiments with animals can be performed by qualified people only and must be certified by the President of Weizmann Institute. Twice a year a Course on Ethics and Handling Lab Animals is held at Weizmann. Course information can be obtained at the Feinberg Graduate School. The current head of the Weizmann IACUC is Prof. Orly Reiner.

Concerns Involving the Welfare of Animals: If you wish to report any concern involving the well-being of Weizmann animals, concern for human handlers, or concerns about protocol compliance, please contact IACUC by email, at this address.

Regulations

The use of experimental animals is in complete accordance with:
  1. The Animal Welfare Law (Experiments with animals) in Hebrew, English
  2. The Regulations of the Council for Experiments with Animals
  3. The Weizmann Institute Regulations
  4. The Guide for the Care and Use of Lab Animals, National Research Council, 2010
  5. The Guidelines for the Care and Use of Mammals in Neuroscience and Behavioral Research

Principles

  1. Experiments are conducted only on animals purchased from sources of specific breeding for research approved by the IACUC. Specifically, cats and dogs originating from pounds are never used for experimentation at the Weizmann Institute.
  2. Transportation, treatment and experimentation with experimental animals are carried out in strict accordance with the rules stated in the "Weizmann Institute Experiments with Animals - Regulations and Work Instructions", by individuals who have received the IACUC approval.

  3. Experiments with animals are approved only if they are beneficial for the health of man and animals, and the welfare of human society.

  4. The smallest number of animals necessary for receiving relevant results is used. Alternative methods not involving experimental animals are consulted and considered before each experiment:

  5. Causing pain or discomfort to the animals is to be prevented and reduced as much as possible, at all times.

  6. Experiments involving pain or suffering to animals must be carried out under anesthesia or sedation. (See related link on Animal Care and Use).

  7. Euthanasia is to be performed according to the instructions in the "Weizmann Institute Experiments with Animals - Regulations and Work Instructions."

  8. Work with hazardous material is to be performed according to the "Weizmann Institute Experiments with Animals - Regulations and Work Instructions," and the Weizmann Institute's Safety Services. (See related link on Occupational Health and Safety in the Care and Use of Research Animals).

The following links are avilable to Weizmann users only. For more information, contact IACUC at iacuc@weizmann.ac.il.

Access the IACUC form