What is a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between IACUCs?
A MOU is required for animal activities are conducted at another institution using UA funds. In this case, the UA IACUC has an obligation to ensure that animal activities are being conducted with appropriate standards.
Examples of research activities that do not need MOUs:
Purchase of animals from a company that provides essentially the same service to any customer, e.g., purchase of thymectomized mice from a vendor for use on an approved protocol.
When a UA investigator performs animal research at UA and shares data with a collaborator at another institution.
When a UA researcher is a particpant on an external institution's protocol (where animals are not purchased with UA funds)
What to do before you start
If you think your animal activity may need an MOU, contact the IACUC Office at 626-5304 for advice on the process.
Note that this process requires multiple signatures from both UA and the external institution, which can take time to collect. Therefore, please contact the IACUC Office as soon as you think you may need an MOU.