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Research Compliance
Research activities are governed by a number of regulatory and compliance committees as directed by federal and state laws. Non-compliance can result in severe penalties to the institution, and in some instances to the individual. It is the responsibility of any principal investigator to be familiar with all areas of research compliance and the applicable requirements. In all cases, reviews to ensure research compliance are required of all protocols using human subjects, laboratory animals, radioactive or biohazardous materials, or recombinant DNA, regardless of whether or not funding (internal or external) is being sought for the project.

Research Compliance Committees report to the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and assist the campus community in developing, implementing, and overseeing the research compliance program as required by federal mandate and is a requisite for conducting research and scholarship pursuits on campus.


Institutional Review Board and Committee for Protection of Human Subjects

If human subjects are to be included as part of a research study, the protocol must be reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB), regardless of whether research funding is being sought. After review, the proposal author will receive written notification of the IRB action, with copies to the principal investigator and the department chair. Studies may not begin until a sponsored research agreement is fully executed and the protocol is approved by the IRB. Approved protocols are required by regulatory law to receive continual review and annual approval.

Institutional Review Board and Committee for Protection of Human Subjects

Matthew S. Stanford
Chair
One Bear Place, #97334
Waco, TX 76798-7334
254-710-2236 phone
254-710-6759 fax
Matthew_Stanford@baylor.edu


Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

Research protocols involving laboratory animals must be reviewed and approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), regardless of whether grant support is involved. After review, the authors of the proposal will receive written notification of the IACUC action. Protocols are subject to continaul review. Studies may not begin until a sponsored research agreement is fully executed and the protocol is approved by the IACUC.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

Richard Duhrkopf
Chair
One Bear Place, #97388
Waco, TX 76798-7388
(254) 710-6786 phone
Rick_Duhrkopf@baylor.edu


Institutional Biosafety Committee

Research involving recombinant DNA (rDNA), infectious agents, trans-activating transduction (TAT) proteins, toxins, prions, and/or human tissue and fluids use must be reviewed and approved by the Institutional Biosafety Committee, regardless of whether grant support is involved.

Dr. Chris Kearney
Chair
One Bear Place, #97388
Waco, TX 76798-7388
(254) 710-6793 phone
Chris_Kearney@baylor.edu
IBC Guidelines for Researchers
Institutional Biosafety Reporting and Approval Form


Hazardous Materials, Laser Safety, Radioisotopes and Radiation Producing Devices

If research studies involve hazardous materials, radioactive materials or exposure of personnel and/or subjects to radioactivity of any kind, including x-rays, contact the Department of Risk Management for required approvals.

Department of Risk Management
(Laser Safety, Radioisotopes and Radiation Producing Devices)

Warren A. Ricks
Director of Risk Management
One Bear Place, #97191
Waco, TX 76798-7191
254-710-6255 phone
254-710-8592 fax
Warren_Ricks@Baylor.edu