Requirements for Working with Animals

Who needs to submit an IACUC application?

If you will conduct research on live vertebrate animals, whether for research, instruction, production (breeding), health surveillance, field studies or on tissues collected from live animals (this does not pertain to animal tissue purchased “off the shelf” from a vendor), you must first submit an IACUC application for approval. All research conducted by Georgia State University faculty, students, and staff which uses animal subjects, regardless of the source of funding or even when no funds are involved, must have prior approval from the Georgia State IACUC.


To find out what training is required, please see the Required Education Document. You must complete the required online AALAS Learning Library training. If you are a first-time user of the AALAS Learning Library, you will need to enroll. View the “How to enroll in and use the AALAS Learning Library” document to learn more. Contact the IACUC Office at if you need further assistance to determine which modules you need to complete.

Animal use protocol


BEFORE animals can be ordered or used, you must complete an Animal Use Protocol Application and receive approval from IACUC.

NEW ELECTRONIC SYSTEM: As of September 1st, 2015 all new IACUC protocols (including renewing 3-year protocols) will only be accepted in electronic format via the iRIS protocol system. For those of you planning on submitting new protocols (including renewing 3-year protocols) in September you may use the system now by going to and logging in using your Campus ID and Campus ID password.  For information on how to use the system please visit the Knowledge Base.

We will have open forum meetings on September 14 (Petit Science Center 203), October 12 (Petit Science Center 124) and November 16 (Petit Science Center 124) from 10AM – 12PM to introduce the system and field any questions or concerns from the animal research communityIn addition to these open forum meetings and online training, one-on-one training can be scheduled by contacting Research Solutions or animal users can do drop-in sessions with CII located in Aderhold Learning Center, room 423.

OLD PAPER SYSTEM: If you currently have an approved protocol, then you will use the old system for amendments and/or annual renewals for that specific protocol until it expires.   The IACUC office will maintain two protocol systems, old and new iRIS for up to 3 years to accommodate PIs that have recently submitted new or renewed protocols using the old system.

For all existing protocols approved under the old system, annual renewalsprotocol amendments, and personnel amendments must be made using the appropriate Word documents and submitting it to the IACUC by email.

NEW AND OLD SYSTEMS: Anyone who will be listed as a PI on an IACUC protocol should first review the IACUC PI responsibilities to make sure they are eligible and can fulfill those responsibilities.

All protocol applications and amendments must be submitted by the first business day of the month to be considered at the monthly IACUC meeting (see calendar).

If you have further questions, please contact the IACUC Office at or refer to our IACUC Frequently Asked Questions.

Facility access

After your protocol is approved and you have completed the required training contact Matthew Davis for access to facilities containing animals.