From: USDA/APHIS Policy Manual. Policy #15. Institutional Official and IACUC Membership (March 25, 2011)
“For Animal Welfare Act (AWA) enforcement purposes, the nonaffiliated member of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is to ‘provide representation for general community interests in the proper care and treatment of animals.’ The person filling this position is intended to represent society’s ‘less specialized’ nonscientific concerns regarding the welfare of the animal subjects. APHIS has determined the nonaffiliated member should not be a laboratory animal user at any research facility.
Compensation of the nonaffiliated member is permissible only when it does not jeopardize the member’s status as a nonaffiliated member. Compensation varies but is normally limited to payment for travel and related expenses, such as parking and meals, to modest monetary payments for participation. The dollar amount of compensation, if any, should not be so substantial as to be considered an important source of income or to influence voting on the IACUC.“