APCF advises Faculty, their students and professional and technical staff that in order to assist their research efforts in conducting humane best-practice research using animal models we have initiated a Post-Approval Monitoring (PAM) system. The PAM system is required by the NIH Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals 8th ed. The PAM initially will be conducted weekly and will be conducted by randomly selecting cages from a designated room. The responsible technician will examine one single-sided rack or a side of a double-sided rack. Animals and cage status will be observed in situ (in order to not disrupt the animals), accuracy of cage card will be checked against the details described in AEC-approved protocol. Any deficiencies will be recorded. A report will be prepared for the responsible PI. Every quarter our contract veterinarian Dr. Chris Yip will audit our PAM programme and report to the Director APCF who will in turn prepare a semi-annual report for both the Chairman of the AEC and the VPRG. The new policy can be found on the Policies and Procedures page of the InfoSite website.
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