Lab Anim Res.  2022 Sep;38(3):209-218. 10.1186/s42826-022-00137-0.

Improvement plans on the operation of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee: focusing on the case of Seoul National University

  • 1Laboratory Animal Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, Seoul National University, Seoul 08826, Korea
  • 2School of Dentistry and Dental Research Institute, Seoul National University, Seoul 08826, Korea.


The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) became compulsory in 2008 by the Animal Protection Act in Korea. Seoul National University (SNU), which conducts 5% of Korea’s total animal protocol reviews and uses 10% of national laboratory animal usage, has been influential in the review of animal protocols and management of animal facilities. This study was undertaken to suggest the operational improvement of the IACUC. It focused on the case of SNU.
The methodological framework consists of a qualitative approach. In particular, this study is focused on the grounded theory approach and sixty people were surveyed through purposeful sampling. Through this study, we found that various practical educations are necessary such as: (1) education for researchers on how to write a protocol, (2) standardization of screening criteria for various animal experiments by presenting various cases, (3) training on a detailed understanding of relevant laws and policies. In particular, an integrated management system, making it possible to share information among the related committees, would be essential for smoother operation of the IACUC.
If various levels of education and the integrated management system are established, it will be possible to enhance the excellence of researchers and to better manage the operation of the IACUC.


Animal ethics; Animal welfare; Education; IACUC; Laboratory animals
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