** Notice- 5 Sept 2023

Invitation to Online Roadshows for iRIMS-IACUC (Animal Oversight)

With effect from October 2023, new IACUC protocols are to be submitted using iRIMS-IACUC.However, for amendments to protocols which were submitted using iORC, these will continue on iORC until further notice.

Principal Investigators (PIs) and researchers who will be assisting their PIs in the submission of protocols for IACUC approval are to attend this online roadshow for you to be familiarised with iRIMC-IACUC (Animal Oversight):

Tuesday, 26 September 2023.
: 10:00am – 11:00am.

Link to online training session:
Meeting ID:
880 0073 8541

The roadshow will include Q&A sessions to answer any questions you may have.
And the session recordings will be made available at a later date for viewing.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please email

Thank you.
IACUC office

** Notice- 18 Jul 2023
Townhall by IACUC on Fri 11 August 2023 at 3PM, CeLs Auditorium

Dear PIs

You are invited to attend a Townhall session conducted by NUS IACUC on Friday 11 August 2023 at 3PM, CeLS Auditorium

3.00 PM: Welcome & Introduction by Prof Sanjay Khanna (IACUC Chair)
3.10 PM: Presentation on results of AAALAC site visit by Dr Leslie Retnam (Senior Associate Director, IACUC office)
3:15 PM: Presentation on follow-up of AAALAC site visit by Dr Tan Yuen Peng and team (Compliance Officer, IACUC Office)
3:20 PM: Highlights of new on-line IACUC protocol submission platform by Mr Marcus Toh (IACUC Office)
3:30 PM: Presentation by Dr Lois Zitzow (Attending Veterinarian and Director, CM)
3:45 PM: Questions and Answers
4:25 PM: Closing Remarks (Prof Sanjay Khanna)
4:30PM: End of Townhall

If you/ your research staff intend to attend, please RSVP by providing names / depts or programmes to Ms Adeline Ng ( by Fri 4 August.

Thank you.
IACUC office

** Notice- 13 Jul 2023
NUS to continue FULL ACCREDITATION status

Dear NUS animal users

We are pleased to inform you that the NUS Animal Care and Use Program will continue to have FULL ACCREDITATION status from AAALAC International.

We wish to thank you for taking steps to help maintain our accreditation.

For more information, please contact IACUC office at IACUC General Enquiries


Thank you, 
IACUC office

** Notice- 26 Jun 2023
Renaming Policies & Guidelines page to Policies, Guidelines and Other Resources.

Dear PIs

The previous Policies & Guidelines page on the NUS IACUC webpage has been renamed Policies, Guidelines and other Resources.

The page also includes information on the NUS Tissue Sharing Program.

Thank you, 
IACUC office

** Notice- 16 May 2023
May refresher training arising from March visit by AAALAC and culture of compliance

Dear PIs

IACUC office had, in March, emailed PIs with a request to attend an in-person refresher training sessions. There were 3 sessions to accommodate as many as possible. All PIs and Researchers who have protocols approved to use animals at premises outside of the main vivaria must attend the session.

Please identify and instruct your team members to register via 
for one of the following sessions: 

Monday 22 May 11AM to 12 Noon; OR
Tuesday 23 May 1:20PM to 2:30PM

Venue: CeLS Auditorium

Topics to be covered:
a. Methods of euthanasia and analgesia (Dr Ztizow, Attending Veterinarian)
b.Compliance with approved protocols, implications of non-compliance(s) and obtaining approval before deviating from approved procedures, (IACUC office) and
c. Developing a culture of compliance through education and collaborative efforts (IACUC office)

Attendance at any one of these sessions is required for you and your researchers.

Thank you,
IACUC office

Welcome to IACUC

The NUS Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) was set up on 12 November 2004 to oversee the care and use of animals for scientific purposes in NUS. Members of the IACUC are appointed through the Institutional Official and include veterinarians, scientists, non-scientists and members of the community who are not affiliated to NUS. Since 2010, NUS has been an AAALAC-accredited institution demonstrating our commitment to responsible animal research and good science.

The mission of the IACUC is to achieve the best practice by international standards of animal ethics in all animal care and use programmes in NUS. Towards this goal, the IACUC:

  • Evaluates animal use for scientific purposes. This includes research, teaching, field trials, environmental and behavioural studies, diagnosis, product testing and the production of biological materials, through the review of animal use protocols;
  • Ensures that the use of animals is carried out in accordance with the approved animal use protocol through regular post-approval monitoring visits of animal use facilities.
  • Ensures that the housing and care of animals are provided in accordance with the National Advisory Committee for laboratory Animal Research (NACLAR) Guidelines (Guidelines on the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes) in premises licensed by the Animal & Veterinary Service (AVS), the regulatory body of the Singapore Animals and Birds Act;
  • Ensures that the personnel involved in care and use of animals are suitably qualified and trained, through the training programme administered by Comparative Medicine (CM);
  • Liaises with the Office of Safety, Health and Environment (OSHE) on occupational safety and health programme in animal care and use protocols;
  • Liaises with the Institutional Review Board (IRB) on the ethical use of human tissues in animal use protocols; and
  • Conducts annual inspection of animal housing and use facilities and semi-annual review of animal care and use programmes