University of Hawai‘i
Office of Research Compliance

Welcome to the ORC

Aloha! We are the Office of Research Compliance and we are here to help. The Office of Research Compliance (ORC) assures the public that research at UH is performed responsibly. Established in 2012, ORC provides support and services to the 10-campus University of Hawai‘i System.

ORC Programs

Human Studies

  • Protects the health, welfare, rights, and dignity of people who participate in research.
  • Administers the Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) that evaluate, approve, and monitor new and continuing research protocols involving human research participants.

Animal Welfare

  • Ensures the humane care and ethical welfare to protect vertebrate animals used as models and subjects in research, testing, and instruction.
  • In collaboration with the Office of the Veterinarian, oversees the health, well-being, and clinical care of vertebrate animals used as models and subjects in research, testing, and instruction.
  • Administers the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), which reviews protocols, determines approval, assesses laboratory and field research studies and instructional activities involving vertebrate animals to ensure they are humanely cared for and ethically used.

Biological Safety

  • Ensure the protection and safety of university personnel and students, the general public, and Hawaii‘s environment from exposure to potentially hazardous biomaterials and contagious or infectious biological agents (including select agents and toxins), microorganisms, and recombinant genetic materials.
  • Administers the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), which reviews registrations, determines approval, and assesses investigator adherence to laboratory and field research, testing, and instruction procedures that involve potentially hazardous biomaterials and contagious or infectious biological agents (including select agents and toxins), microorganisms, recombinant genetic materials, and emerging technologies which utilize or depend on biological materials.

Animal and Veterinary Services

  • Operates two vivaria for which the program procures, houses, and cares for research animals on a fee-for-service basis.
  • Protects the health and care of laboratory and other vertebrate animals used in research, teaching, and service.

Research Integrity

  • Addresses allegations of research and scholarly misconduct.
  • Protects integrity of research conducted by members of the UH community and/or utilizing UH/State of Hawai‘i resources.

Export Controls

  • Serves as the main resource for UH administrators, researchers, and other faculty and staff who are involved with research projects and business matters which require the review and execution of certain types of unfunded contractual agreements that may be subject to various U.S. laws and regulations.
  • Responsible for assisting researchers in complying with complex and ever-changing U.S. laws and regulations which regulate certain strategic information, technology, and services, through training, providing advice and classification assistance, preparing and submitting license applications to Federal agencies, conducting assessments, and administering applicable UH policies and procedures.

News and Announcements

New – TOPAZ Protocol Guidelines

A guidelines/checklist is now available to assist investigators and instructors in completing animal use protocols for submission in TOPAZ. The link to the checklist can be found on the IACUC Protocol (TOPAZ) page.

Misconduct: Lessons from Researcher Rehab

The Misconduct: Lessons from researcher rehab article by James M. Dubois, PhD, ScD and colleagues provides insights into common compliance situations that can get good researchers into trouble.

Surfs Up

Ride the Wave: April 15th eProtocol™ to be launched for Human Research Protocol submissions and IRB review