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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
The Office of Research Compliance now has new logos and colors. The design change reflects the reorganization of ORC under the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation.
Ed You, Supervisory Special Agent for the FBI Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate at the Biological Countermeasures Unit in Washington, D.C, to give a talk at Sullivan Conference Center, UH Cancer Center on Tuesday, February 23 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Online help and links have been added to the current IACUC protocol request form and will be updated as needed. Any question that has help available will have a question mark (?) button.
A New Bill for Research
Two high-level reviews of biosafety and biosecurity practices call for several improvements in the laboratory oversight system.