Reporting Animal Welfare Concerns, Incidents & Adverse Events

The Feinstein Institute at Northwell Health is strongly committed to the humane care and use of animals in research, testing, and teaching. Any member of the faculty, staff, or public having reason to question the treatment of animals should report any suspected cases of animal abuse, misuses, mistreatment, and non-compliance with IACUC approved activities, institutional and program policies and guidelines.

Additionally, researchers are encouraged to self-report adverse events. Any abnormal values or adverse events not consistent with routine expected outcomes that results in any unexpected animal welfare issue or human health risks should be promptly reported. Reports are promptly evaluated ensuring animal welfare is maintained.

Acting on behalf of the Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee, all reports are investigated by the Animal Welfare OfficeWhen a concern is reported, immediate steps are taken to ensure that the animal care and use in question is appropriate and that the highest animal welfare standards are maintained at all times.
Submit reports utilizing the Incident & Adverse Events Reporting Form to iacuc@northwell.edu.

Compliance or animal welfare concerns may also be reported via the Compliance Help Line or to the Office of Research Compliance. No facility employees, committee member or laboratory personnel shall be discriminated against or be subject to any reprisal for reporting violations of any regulations, standards or animal welfare concerns.

For anonymous reporting of compliance concerns:

* Anonymous reports are acceptable, and all are investigated. The identity of anyone making an anonymous report will be held in strict confidence. Federal laws prohibit discrimination or reprisal for reporting violations of standards and regulations promulgated under the Animal Welfare Act. NSLIJHS Policy 800.01: Non-Intimidation and Non-Retaliation Policy (insert hyperlink to the policy)

QUESTIONS?
Questions about how animal welfare concerns are addressed should be directed to the Animal Welfare Office at (516) 465-2717 or iacuc@northwell.edu.