Policy and Procedures

Policy and Procedures


NTU's policy on the Care and Use of Live Vertebrate Animals in Research and Teaching was approved by President's Council on 5 Nov 2018. This policy outlines the requirements to be met by NTU personnel involved in the use of animals for scientific purposes. These are:

(A) Training Requirements

  • All personnel involved in work with animals must have both theory and practical RCULA certification, or the equivalent. (Please visit our training page on obtaining RCULA certification.)
  • Visiting personnel who will be part of an active AUP must meet the training requirements outlined in the table below:

Duration Of Involvement In NTU-IACUC Protocol
​Required Documentation
< 3 months
​1) RCULA theory certification

2) Practical training certification equivalent to the local RCULA / RCUF course detailing practical training conducted and species trained on

3) Summary of past animal work
​> 3 months
​In addition to items (1) to (3) listed above, personnel are granted 3 months from start of work on an IACUC protocol to complete the local practical RCULA / RCUF course.

(B) Protocol Reviews

NTU PIs are required to have NTU-IACUC approval regardless of where work on animals is to be done. The categories of review and corresponding categories of work locations are listed as follow:

​Type Of Review
​Work Location
​Full Committee Review
​NTU ARF and locations not covered by an animal ethics review committee.
​Administrative Review
​External AAALAC-accredited facility.
  • Approval letter and protocol approved at external facility must be submitted.
​Review by Chair / Full Committee Review
​Non-AAALAC accredited facilities

View a  complete list of AAALAC-accredited facilities. 

All NTU-IACUC applications and supporting documents must be submitted through the Ethics Review Management Portal (ERMP). View Applications and Procedures for guides related to ERMP.

(C) Annual Review of Approved Protocols

All active NTU-IACUC protocols must be reviewed by the IACUC on an annual basis to ensure compliance to approved protocol. Refer to the following user guide on initiating the annual review process.

(D) Occupational Health and Safety

To ensure a safe work environment of all personnel involved in animal work, adherence to workplace safety measures established by the Office of Health, Safety and Emergency (OHSE) must be adhered to at all times. These include conducting project risk assessments prior to study commencement and ensuring that all personnel involved in the study have received stipulated vaccinations. 

Refer to OHSE's Occupational Health Directive for more information. 

(E) Reporting of Animal Welfare Concerns

Allegations / concerns related to animal welfare, protocol non-compliance, etc. must be reported in a timely manner through the University's procedure for  Responding to Allegations / Complaints of Research Misconduct

For clarifications regarding the policy, please contact iacuc@ntu.edu.sg