If you are unfamiliar with the roles and requirements of each committee, and how they affect you as an Investigator, please read the paragraphs below.
- Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
- Institutional Review Board (IRB)
- Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)
- Laboratory Safety Committee
- Radiation Safety Committee
Many applications will require compliance with federal, state, local, or granting agency requirements. In most cases, the research cannot begin without such compliance assurances. It is often advantageous to begin the process of obtaining compliance assurances at the time the grant application is made to be able to start the research program as soon as a grant award is made, rather then waiting to obtain compliance assurances.
Use of Human Subjects: All use of human subjects including the use of any surveys, questionnaires, and interviews even with data previously obtained from human subjects must receive approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the use of human subjects in research, no matter the source of funding. No research involving any use of human subjects can begin prior to IRB approval of the research protocol.
Use of Animal Subjects: All use of non-human vertebrate animals in research must receive approval from the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). No research involving any use of non-human vertebrate animals can begin prior to IACUC approval of the research protocol.
Radiation Safety: All use of radiation in experiments must receive approval from the Radiation Safety Committee. No research involving any use of radiation can begin prior to the Radiation Safety Committee approval of the research protocol, and all personnel using radiation materials must receive training in accordance with the policies of the Radiation Safety Committee.
Biosafety: All research involving chemicals or other such substances must be conducted in a laboratory or other facility that has received approval from the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC).