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Office of Research Integrity

Transportation Guidelines

Transportation of live animals and used or dirty supplies or cages is often necessary as part of an approved research project. Animals may need to be transferred among DLAR facilities, or between DLAR facilities and approved investigator-managed locations.

The existing MUHA policy on use and transport of animals in patient-care areas must be followed when applicable.

When transporting animals to or through non-DLAR areas, the MUSC IACUC expectations are as follows:

  1. Cages must be completely covered from view, regardless of the presence of live animals.
  2. Dirty cages may be bagged and carried, or covered and transported via cart.
  3. Carts used for transport must not be overloaded and everything on cart must be securely placed to avoid spills or damage.
  4. Empty cages should be returned to the facility of origin within 72 hours unless other arrangements have been made with the facility manager(s).
  5. Carcasses and other biomedical waste must be placed in red biohazard bags and transported unobtrusively to appropriate disposal locations.
  6. Transport should be accomplished via the least populated route and at less-busy times if at all possible.
  7. Service elevators must be used at all times. If no service elevators are in working order, contact the facility manager or DLAR to determine the most appropriate course of action.