The studies involving the use of animal models are followed according to the national guidelines framed by “The Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiments on Animals (CPCSEA),” Govt. of India. Thereby, Utkal University has constituted an Institutional Animal Ethics Committee (IAEC) registered with CPCSEA (Reg. No. 192/GO/Re/S/2000/CPCSEA). The primary duty of IAEC is:
- To review and approve animals required for experimental usage.The committee monitors judicial usage, ethical handling and healthy maintenance of the experimental animals during the study. Further, all the project proposals are screened experiment wise to determine the number of allotments. Every faculty provides updates regarding the usage and data generated from the previous allotment before the committee on half yearly basis.
- IAEC of Utkal University comprises 5 members and 4 nominees which are nominated by CPCSEA. The chairperson and member secretary of the committee are nominated by the institute from the existing members. The term of appointment of the committee is for a period of 3 years. The committee meets at regular intervals to review new proposals, requests and existing policies. The committee also regularly monitors the procedures and practices related to animal experiments to ensure that animal welfare and ethics are strictly followed at every point of research. The animal house is inspected in regular intervals by a competent official appointed by the CPCSEA.