Compliance (IRB, IACUC and RCR)

A key goal of the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects (ORSP) is to ensure that research at CSUF is conducted safely, ethically and legally.

The Compliance Office facilitates the meeting of this goal by coordinating the University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB), Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), and programs for Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR).

ORSP uses the online Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Programs to provide training for research involving human participants (IRB) and vertebrate animals (IACUC), for recognizing and avoiding conflicts of interest, and to fulfill federal RCR training requirements. Additional information regarding CITI training can be found in each of the corresponding areas below.

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Responsible Conduct of Research is required to ensure research at CSUF is conducted safely, ethically and legally. Each of the RCR course offerings covers the core norms, principles and rules related to the safe, ethical and legal parameters of research practice.

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training PlanPDF File Opens in new window

CSUF uses the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program to provide trainings for all research, including Non-Human Subjects or Animal Research, Human Participants Research (IRB), Animal Welfare Research (IACUC), Conflicts of Interest (COI), and to fulfill federal Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) requirements.

All students, staff, faculty and administrators who participate in research at CSUF are encouraged to take the appropriate CITI module. RCR training is a federally mandated part of funding requirements of both the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). PIs and students who are on NSF and NIH grants may be required to complete additional face-to-face training. Please review the following links for further information regarding training requirement for NSF and NIH proposals. 
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http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-10-019.htmlOpens in new window

The CITI certificate is valid for a five-year period and does not need to be retaken if completed at another institution within the five-year period of the current proposal.

Institutional Review Board (IRB)/ Human Participants

The CSUF Institutional Review Board (CSUF IRB) is a university committee appointed by the president to review and safeguard the use of human participants in research pursuant to Federal Code of Regulations (45 CFR 46Opens in new window ).

CSUF receives federal funding and agrees to adhere to the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) regulations for use of human subjects in research. In order to comply with the Department of Health and Human Services federal regulations regarding research involving human subjects, the university agrees that all CSUF protocols that involve human subjects will be reviewed for compliance with these regulations before each researcher begins data collection.

CSUF students, faculty or staff who conduct research involving human subjects, when such data will be available for generalized public knowledge and/or publication, require review and approval by CSUF IRB.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

California State University, Fullerton is committed to the humane care and use of animals in teaching and research. The university has a designated Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), which is composed of a panel of experts on animal health and welfare, life and behavioral sciences, laboratory safety and federal regulations, an accredited and state-licensed Veterinarian and Certified Laboratory Animal Technologist/Registered Veterinarian Technician as well as a representative from the community at large. These individuals review all teaching and research projects that involve vertebrate animals to ensure that the use of animals is justified, that the number of animals used is appropriate, that the procedures are done in a humane fashion, and that the individuals involved are properly trained.  More...

NOTE: The CITI certificate does not need to be retaken if completed at another institution within five years of the current proposal.

Research Not Involving Human Participants or Vertebrate Animals

CSUF encourages CITI training to ensure all faculty, students and staff adhere to the highest ethical and professional standards for conducting research. Researchers working on projects that do not involve the use of humans or animals are encouraged to complete the online CITI training course entitled, “Responsible Conduct of Research – Basic.” Additional information regarding this course and instructions for registration can be found on the web page for “Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) CITI Compliance TrainingOpens in new window .”