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The Mission of the system-wide Office of Research Integrity & Compliance is to ensure that the research performed within the University system is safe and ethical; to facilitate the conduct of research; to comply with applicable regulations, laws, and institutional policies; and promote a culture of integrity in research.
Research compliance is an essential element of the USF St. Petersburg research program. USFSP provides direct support to principal investigators through staff in academic and administrative support offices. Overall responsibilities for compliance falls to the USF Office of Research & Innovation, Division of Research Compliance (DRC) located on the USF Tampa campus.
The following is a list of programs followed by a a brief overview of each. The appropriate links to DRC, forms, templates, education, and training opportunities are provided in the text description of the various programs. Also, the links provide direct access to compliance support functions.
The program was established to reduce the risk of potential occupational exposure to bio hazardous materials (infectious agents, rDNA, biological toxins, and Select Agents/Toxins) in research and/or teaching environment and to prevent the release of bio hazardous materials into the environment. The Biosafety Program also provides administrative support for the Instructional Biosafety Committee (IBC). The IBC is responsible for overseeing the use of all infectious biological agents and recombinant DNA used in research and teaching activities on the USF campuses.
The purpose of this program is to ensure safe, effective diving practices; to educate researchers in new technological advances; and to provide support for the underwater researcher.
Ramifications of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. The HIPAA Privacy Rule sets forth the requirements for the use, disclosure, and security of protected health information (PHI) in research. Access this link, if you are not sure how to proceed. Information is provided on:
Recommended HIPAA Privacy Practices
Overview of USF Procedures for HIPAA in Research
Does HIPAA Apply to Social/Behavioral Research?
The University affirms that respect for all forms of the life is an inherent characteristic of scientists who conduct research involving animals, that the respectful treatment, care and use of animals involved in research is an ethical and scientific necessity, and that the use of animals in research and teaching contributes to the advancement of knowledge and the acquisition of understanding.
Human Subjects Research is an extremely important topic to the university. Recently, some misconceptions have come to the attention of the Office of Research about what constitutes human subjects research. The following information serves to clarify for all deans, faculty, and instructors what circumstances compel our faculty and instructors to obtain the approval of the USF system's Institutional Review Board (IRB). It is requested that each of you inform your appropriate staff and students.
General information about the compliance process can be found on this USF St. Petersburg web site or on the USF system's Division of Research Integrity & Compliance web site. With respect to the IRB and human subjects research, it is most helpful to refer to the Quick Start Guide. The Guide will assist you in finding your way through the IRB system and process.
According to the Guide:
A study requires IRB oversight if it meets both of the following definitions: A. It is research and; B. It directly involves human subjects or private, identifiable information about or from human subjects (including biological samples, etc.).
Use the Guide as a handy reference. In addition, the Guide provides Policies and Procedures on the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) available on the web. Please note that the human subjects research compliance pertains to all research. Classroom activities such as interviews, surveys, etc., may be considered as human subjects research that is subject to IRB review and approval. Moreover, honors and graduate students planning a thesis in a social science, behavioral science, or educational fields should be aware that their projects will likely require IRB oversight, and it is the responsibility of the student's thesis advisor and committee to ensure awareness of and compliance with policies and procedures.
If you have questions about a proposed project, please contact:
Each of us has a responsibility to ensure compliance. Failure of our institution to comply with human subjects research policies could result in debarment of USF St. Petersburg and loss of all federal funding.
Effective July 1, 2007: Studies that are funded through grants or sponsors will be charged a fee for IRB review. For more information check out the IRB Fee Schedule online on this web page.
IRB Forms and Templates:
Use, handling, and disposal of radioisotopes