Research Compliance

Research Compliance

Overview

The goal of the Office of the Vice President for Research is to develop and make available to the UGA research community programs and materials that will increase the knowledge of and facilitate the highest standards of responsible research and compliance with federal, state and university regulations and guidelines.

Responsible Conduct of Research

OVPR promotes responsible conduct of research, the practice of scientific investigation with integrity, including the awareness and application of established professional norms and ethical principles in the performance of all activities related to scientific research. OVPR policies regarding conflicts of interest and scientific misconduct are also available to guide scientific behavior.

Animal Care & Use

The Office of Animal Care and Use (OACU) oversees and provides professional, administrative and technical support for UGA researchers and research programs using animals in scientific investigation and instruction. The office supports UGA's  UGA’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).

Biosafety

The Office of Biosafety oversees and provides professional, administrative and technical support for UGA researchers and research programs using biohazardous materials. The office supports UGA's Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), a committee that reviews all research studies involving recombinant DNA, human, animal or plant pathogens, and select agents and toxins. The Office also administers the Select Agent and Toxin Program (SAP) for the University’s main campus facilities.

Human Subjects

The Human Subjects Office (HSO) assists UGA faculty, staff, and students in meeting the highest ethical and professional standards when conducting research with human subjects. HSO supports the Institutional Review Board (IRB), the research oversight committee charged with ensuring that human subjects research is conducted in compliance with the applicable federal, state, and institutional policies and procedures.

Quality Assurance

The UGA Quality Assurance Unit provides information and training for researchers about federal Good Laboratory Practices (GLP), the recognized rules governing the conduct of non-clinical safety studies that ensure the quality, integrity and reliability of the study data.