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Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) provide a detailed description of commonly used procedures. SOPs offer investigators an alternative to writing detailed procedures in their protocol. Any deviation from the approved procedures must be clearly described and justified in the Animal Use Protocol application in Darwin. Approval of the protocol indicates approval of the deviation from the SOP for that project only.
The following Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) were created and/or revised by the Veterinary Committee and/or the Occupational Health and Safety Working Group, and approved by the Animal Policy and Welfare Oversight Committee (APWOC). They are reviewed every 3 years at most. The month and year appearing in the file name indicate when that SOP last underwent changes. Starting in 2020, the date of last review will now be specified inside the SOP even if no changes were made to it.
If you have questions or have a recommendation to make, please send an animalcare [at] mcgill.ca (email) or talk to the Veterinarian in your area.
DRAFT SOP : None for review
Note that the SOP #416 Social Defeat is currently undergoing revisions again. Once done, it will be re-posted for review.
APPROVED SOPS BELOW:
This Monitoring Log is to be prepared by the Facility Animal Care Committee as per the approved Animal Use Protocol: Monitoring log TEMPLATE - Oct 2017
Metastatic Model Monitoring log <- is a log
Tumor Monitoring Log <- is a log
Removed: SOP 535 - Animal Facility Regulations
Of interest: Article Body Condition Score for Rats
Refer to the McGill Environmental Health and Safety Office's SOP 401 on Cannabis and Controlled Substances.
Research Institutes of affiliated hospitals should contact their local Safety Office or EHS Officer.
For McGill researchers and instructors:
• All Principal Investigators (PIs) intending to use controlled substances (and cannabis) need to contact the domenic.dulisse [at] mcgill.ca (EHS Cannabis & Controlled Substances Officer) for notification and exemption processing. The PI's information is added to EHS' records and follow ups are performed. All research and teaching involving animals MUST have an approved Animal Use Protocol before being considered for an exemption.
• The EHS' MyLab software migration will allow for this information to be kept and tracked within MyLab. Permits will be issued to PIs using cannabis and controlled substances.
• Training for cannabis and controlled substance will be mandatory for all users. They will be granted a permit contingent on successful completion of the training which is every 2 years.
• An inspection checklist has been created specifically for cannabis and controlled substances in labs. PIs must follow Health Canada’s directive on physical security, while McGill veterinarians do not (they are responsible for the safe keeping of their drugs and reporting to Health Canada).
• A Cannabis compliance committee is being set up with the Director of EHS and will allow for better decision making and department awareness. This will be done for controlled substances in the near future.
• Controlled drug suppliers have been added to the McGill Market Place (MMP) and follow the same rules as radiation materials. Note that all orders must be approved by the cannabis and controlled substance officer.
• A revised SOP #401 for controlled substances is now posted on the EHS site. There is more information on EHS' website for the Cannabis and Controlled Substance Compliance Program (CCSCP) , Environmental Health and Safety, McGill University.
The Public Health Agency of Canada has implemented since December 2015, new regulations pertaining to the use of Human Pathogens and Toxins. Background information can be found on their website and details on the regulation here.
In order to work with Biohazardous Materials in a laboratory setting, researchers must complete an “Application to Use Biohazardous Materials”. These applications are reviewed and approved by McGill's Environmental Health and Safety Office (not the Animal Care Committee). Approval of the Application means that the researcher is compliant with the Biosafety Programwhich includes lab inspections and training.
Useful links (these two are also available as free Apps for a smart phone or tablet as well):
- Canadian Biosafety Standard (CBS), 2nd edition.
- Public Health Agency of Canada Pathogen Safety Data Sheets (PSDS).
Small Animal Research Unit (SARU)
Large Animal Research Unit (LARU)
SOP LARU_08-Controlled drug was removed - EHS has created a new one, please see SOP #401 under 'Experimental Guidelines' above.
Macdonald Campus Farm Cattle Complex
Donald McQueen Shaver Poultry Complex
McGill University Animal Incident Report Form:
Template for a Crisis Management and Communication Plan SOP: