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Research Compliance

  • Institutional Review Board (IRB)
    The Institutional Review Board is a group that has been formally designated to approve, monitor, and review biomedical and behavioral research involving humans with the aim of protecting the rights and welfare of the subjects.  An IRB performs critical oversight functions for research conducted on human subjects.  IRBs are guided by the Belmont Report.  IRBs are required for all institutions that receive federal funding, directly or indirectly.

  • Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
    Every institution that uses animals for federally funded laboratory research must have an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).  Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees are of central importance to the application of laws for animal research in the United States.  The NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare has been directed by law to develop policies that describe the role of Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees.


  • Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)
    The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is responsible for reviewing and approving recombinant DNA research and aspects of projects involving biohazards and radiation. The committee sets containment levels in accordance with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) guidelines and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention


  • Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)
    CUNY is committed to the responsible and ethical conduct of research.  CUNY's RCR program and related resources can be found on the CUNY website. Effective August 1, 2012 all faculty, postdoctoral researchers, graduate and undergraduate students involved in research-related activities must complete the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative’s (CITI) Responsible Conduct of Research Training.   For more information on how to complete this training please see:


  • Conflict of Interest  (COI)
    The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) issued new regulations regarding Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) for research with Public Health Service (PHS) funds on August 25, 2011.  The implementation date of these regulations goes into effect on August 24, 2012.   All Principal Investigators or Co-Principal Investigators named in a PHS grant proposal must complete the Conflict of Interest (COI) module of the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiatives (CITI) Training.   For more information on how to complete this training please see:






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