Institute of Critical Care Medicine
Whistle Blower Policy
Weil Institute of Critical Care Medicine (WICCM) encourages the
reporting of concerns related to animal welfare. This policy
explains how to report animal welfare concerns and the actions that
will be taken. The WICCM
Whistle Blower Policy will be posted around the facility and will be
posted on the WICCM website.
is the responsibility of all personnel in an animal research
facility to abide by this policy.
The Animal Welfare Act and the Public Health Service (PHS)
Policy give the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUC)
authority to review and if warranted, investigate concerns involving
the care and use of animals at the research facility.
WICCM is committed to the ethical and complaint care of animals in
research. If anyone is
aware of potential violations to existing animal care and use
regulations or observes misuse or mistreatment of animals, they are
strongly encouraged to report their concerns without fear of
reprisal. WICCM will not
tolerate any reprisal against these persons who, in good faith, make
allegations of animal welfare violations.
individual may confidentially report their concerns to persons with
authority listed below. When
reporting, please email or mail the Animal Concern Form to both
persons. Forms will be
available on communication boards and WICCM website.
Care and Use Committee Chair
The WICCM Institutional
may anonymously direct their concerns by mail or email.
If emailing concerns, please use the Institute’s anonymous
email is used only for sending concerns not receiving.
The Animal Concern Form must be completed; missing
information may delay an investigation or may not supply enough
information to conduct an investigation.
received will be addressed by the Institutional Official and
Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Chair. These individuals
will investigate each concern and determine if allegation is
justified. If justified
they will determine actions needed to eradicate the problem.
Non-anonymous concerns will be given a follow up letter/email
with the findings of the investigation and actions taken.
The WICCM will provide fair and objective procedures for
examining and resolving concerns for animal welfare.
The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) will
be notified of all allegations made and the actions taken.
The IACUC may conduct further investigations if necessary.
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