Compliance (IRB and IACUC)

The Office of Research and Sponsored Projects’ goal is to help facilitate research and make sure it is conducted safely, ethically and legally.

ORSP uses the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program to provide trainings for Human Subjects and Animal Welfare research, Financial Conflicts of Interest, and to fulfill federal Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) requirements.

Each of the RCR course offerings covers the core norms, principles and rules governing the practice of responsible research. RCR training is now 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 required to take these trainings, as well as ORSP staff and administrators. There is an RCR course specifically tailored to research administrators and additional CITI courses for those serving on the IRB and IACUC.

RCR Training Plan

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

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 collects data.

CSUF students, faculty or staff who conduct research involving human services, 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. This commitment is reflected in the presence of an accredited and state-licensed Veterinarian and Certified Laboratory Animal Technologist/Registered Veterinarian Technician, who have as their principal concern, the health and welfare of animals. 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, 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...