- An adverse event is defined as any event that caused harm to a vertebrate animal and that meets either of the following conditions:
- The event is research*-related but is not identified in the approved protocol or occurring at a rate or severity higher than is indicated in the approved protocol; or
- The event is not research-related, but is unanticipated or due to a facility, physical plant, or equipment failure or malfunction, or personnel mistake.
The ACUC will review adverse event reports and may approve proposed corrective plans or require additional actions to ensure animal welfare. The responsible parties will be notified by the ACUC of any actions taken or requirements made regarding an adverse event.
See also Policy 1999-008-io, Policy on Protocol Non-Compliance.
*for purposes of this policy, "research" also includes teaching and outreach.