What is a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between IACUCs?
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is required for animal activities that are conducted at another institution using University of Arizona funds. In this case, the University of Arizona 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 University of Arizona investigator performs animal research at UA and shares data with a collaborator at another institution.
- When a University of Arizona researcher is a participant on an external institution's protocol (where animals are not purchased with University funds).
What to do before you start
If you think your animal activity may need an MOU, contact the IACUC Office at (520) 626-5304 for guidance.
Note that this process requires multiple signatures from both the University of Arizona 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.