Post-Approval Monitoring Program

Continuing oversight of animal activities is a federal requirement of institutions that utilize animals in teaching, testing and research activities. Post Approval Monitoring (PAM) helps to meet this requirement. UTMB’s PAM Program is designed to interact with the research staff in a collegial, educational manner. The program helps to ensure the well-being of the research animals as well as provide opportunities to refine IACUC protocols through protocol review and observation. Every animal research laboratory is visited by the program’s Protocol Advisors and Liaisons (PALs). These visits consist of Protocol Discussions with lab staff, observations of animal procedures, and debriefing meetings when needed. Outcomes of these visits are beneficial to the researcher by either confirming that procedures are humane and compliant, or, identifying protocol ‘drift’ and helping to amend protocols to prevent future concerns.

The PAM program offers these services:

  • Updates in animal program information through laboratory staff meetings
  • Comparison of IACUC protocols with procedures to maintain compliance and animal welfare
  • Review protocols/amendments prior to IACUC submission
  • Annual training course on writing IACUC protocols and other topics related to animal research

DEA and DPS Controlled Substance Applications and Information

PAM Laboratory Visit Checklist

Writing an IACUC Protocol

IACUC Protocol Essentials Annual Training