Several offices are responsible for ensuring that Penn State Hershey remains compliant with federal regulations governing research. Not sure which regulatory approvals will be needed to conduct your research project? The College of Medicine developed matrices that provide guidance to investigators on the regulatory approvals required to conduct research involving both human subjects and non-human (e.g. animal) subjects. The Research Concierge Service (RCS) strongly recommends that investigators contact the respective offices prior to developing a protocol to ensure compliance with all institutional and federal regulatory requirements.

Biological Safety and Recombinant DNA Committee

Prior to initiating research involving biohazardous or potentially biohazardous material or rDNA, the laboratory supervisor/PI must consult the institutional Federal Guidelines Summary to determine if an “Assurances Form” must be submitted. If rDNA or biohazardous material of Risk Group 2 or higher is involved, and “Assurances Form” must be completed and submitted for review by the Chair of the Biosafety Recombinant DNA Subcommittee (or his/her designee). In appropriate cases, the “Assurances Form” will be reviewed by the full Subcommittee. Visit the website for additional details.

Conflict of Interest Review Committee (CIRC)

The CIRC provides oversight for clinical, educational, and research conflicts on the College of Medicine campus. The Committee is charged with determining whether an actual or perceived conflict of interest does exist between any significant financial interests reported by a faculty or staff member and their clinical, educational, research, or administrative responsibilities. 

Human Subjects Protection Office (HSPO)

The HSPO administers the institutional program to protect individuals who participate in research, provides administrative support to the Institutional Review Board and assists faculty and staff to promote the protection of the participants of research. HSPO staff provide guidance to investigators in the proposal process, design and conduct of human subjects research; develop educational resources and programs for research staff; and review research for quality purposes and compliance with applicable federal law and local policies.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

The mission of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is to assure the well-being and proper care of all vertebrate animals used for research and educational purposes at The Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine, and to serve the public by ensuring institutional compliance with all legal and ethical standards regarding the use of animals in research. In addition, the IACUC is engaged in assisting animal research investigators with their animal-related needs. The IACUC ensures that animal research conducted at Penn State Hershey is ethical, scientifically justified, performed in accordance with the approved IACUC protocol and compliant with the Guide, all federal, state and institutional regulations, and the institution’s assurance and accreditation.