Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) was set up on 12th October 2019 to oversee the care and use of animals for scientific purposes in SIT.

Members of the IACUC are appointed by the Provost and include veterinarians, scientists, non-scientists and members of the community who are not affiliated to SIT.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
Associate Professor Liao Ping

Message from the Chair

The primary purpose of the IACUC is to fulfil the University's responsibilities for the use of animals in research and teaching. The IACUC’s mission is to ensure the humane treatment of animals and to oversee compliance with the National Advisory Committee for Laboratory Animal Research (NACLAR) guidelines which are based on the principles of the 3Rs – Replacement, Reduction and Refinement. Replacement of animals with other methods; Reduction of the number of animals used; and Refinement of projects and techniques used to minimize the impact on animals.

The IACUC consists of a veterinary, scientific and non-scientific SIT faculty and staff as well as representatives from the general public who are not affiliated with SIT. The IACUC reports to the university Applied Research Office (ARO). To ensure animal welfare, research project and class activity involving the use of animals must be reviewed and approved by the IACUC before initiation. The IACUC is also responsible for inspecting animal facilities and laboratories, and ensuring the occupational health of staff and students involved in animal study.

Associate Professor Liao Ping
Health and Social Sciences


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 SIT. Towards this goal, the SIT IACUC:

  1. 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;
  2. 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.
  3. 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;
  4. Ensures that the personnel involved in the care and use of animals are suitably qualified and trained
  5. Liaises with the Safety & Health Division (S&H) on occupational safety and health programme in animal care and use protocols;
  6. Liaises with the Institutional Review Board (IRB) on the ethical use of human tissues in animal use protocols; and
  7. Conducts annual inspection of animal housing and use facilities and semi-annual review of animal care and use programmes


Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee 

SIT IACUC is made up of the following memberships: veterinarians, scientists, non-scientists and non-affiliated residents of the community.

The functions and responsibilities of IACUC, in accordance with the National Advisory Committee for Laboratory Animal Research (NACLAR) guidelines, are to: 

  1. Review, at least once every 6 months, the Institution’s programmes on the care and use of animals for scientific purposes 
  2. Inspect the Housing and Research Facilities, at least once annually
  3. Prepare reports of its evaluation and submit the same directly to the Chairperson. 
  4. Determine the best means of conducting an evaluation of the care and use of animals 
  5. Invite adhoc consultants to assist in conducting the evaluation, but IACUC remains responsible for the evaluation and report. 
  6. Review and approve, subject to modification, or reject proposals for Projects involving the use of animals for scientific purposes.
  7. Formally withdraw approval for or suspend any ongoing project if the IACUC determines that the project is not being conducted in accordance with the description provided by the Investigator and approved by the IACUC.
  8. Make recommendations to the Chairperson regarding any aspects of the programmes, facilities, or personnel training at the housing and research facilities. 
  9. Review and investigate concerns involving the care and use of animals including public complaints or reports of non-compliance from staffs or Investigators. 
  10. Authorise the treatment or humane killing of any animal. 
  11. Maintain a register of approved projects. 
  12. Approved projects of long duration and the long-term continuous use of individual animals shall be reviewed at least annually by the IACUC.
  13. Perform all other duties required by the Guiding Principles.

Useful Links

  Guidelines and Statutes

NACLAR Guidelines
Animals and Birds Act
Animals and Birds (Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes) rules
Genetically Modified Organisms


American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS)

Reporting a concern
IACUC will review and address any animal-related concerns raised by the public or Institutional employees. Strict confidentiality will be maintained. Report an issue

Get in Touch

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SIT staff can visit SIT IACUC Sharepoint for more information.

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