Research Compliance

  It is the responsibility of Principal Investigators (or faculty advisors if research is conducted by students) to carry out their research in compliance with all federal, state, and university requirements.

Does your proposed research involve:

Human Subjects? (Institutional Review Board - IRB)

  • Surveys and Interviews
  • Taking blood from living individuals for research
  • The use of specimens or data from a repository or database
  • Program evaluation, program assessment or demonstration project conducted for research
  • Pilot studies, preliminary studies, or other preliminary research with human subjects
  • Classroom research
  • Observing or recording private behavior
  • Obtaining private identifiable information that has been collected about or provided by individual

Animal Subjects? (Institutional Animal Use and Care Committee- IACUC)

All research, teaching, and testing utilizing living vertebrate animals requires review and approval prior to initiation, including activities that:

  • are conducted by System member personnel in the course of their employment by the System member, or
  • use System member facilities or resources.

The use of animals is defined as any activity involving vertebrate animals in which the natural lifestyle or movements of the animals is materially altered, including:

  • Agriculture use
  • Wildlife research
  • Harvesting of animal carcasses or tissues specifically for research, teaching or testing.

Biological Hazards? (Institutional Bio-Safety Committee- IBC)

  • Biological agents (bacteria, rickettsia, fungi, viruses, protozoa, parasites and prions) that may cause disease in humans, animals, or plants;
  • Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules as defined in the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules (NIH Guidelines) Human and non-human primate blood, tissue, cells and cell lines;
  • Toxins of biological origin as defined in the Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL) document;
  • Transgenic plants and animals or genetically modified organisms (GMOs) that lack federal approval for release.
  • Human cancer cell lines
  • Blood samples from students
  • Samples from municipal waste treatment plant
  • Transgenic corn not approved for release
  • Transgenic fruit flies
  • E. coli or other bacteria included in gene cloning kits
  • Infectious agents isolated from plants or animals in nature.

Other Research Compliance may include:

  • Occupational Health - Filling out and turning in an Enrollment Form is needed this time for all IACUC and IBC protocols, and as determined for additional activities by Enterprise Risk Management (ERM).  Please visit this site for ERM's FAQ and more information.
  • Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Financial Conflicts of Interest
  • Use of Controlled Substances
  • Export Control

To Report Research Misconduct:

  • Any research misconduct or abuse should be reported via the Ethics Point website or toll-free number (888)-501-3850. This may done anonymously. 

Please note that grant funding cannot be released until all Research Compliance requirements have been met. Please see the ORSP Research Compliance Team in College Hall 150, to submit your protocol & learn about the review process. Forms may be found at www.tamuk.edu/osr/forms/index.html

This page was last updated on: January 13, 2017