The Office of Research Compliance is responsible for providing training and support to clinicans, faculty and staff in regulatory requirements for scientific research. The Office of Research Compliance seeks to promote and ensure the highest standards for research compliance throughout Maine Medical Center (MMC).
The Office of Research Compliance oversees and provides administrative and operational support for many of Maine Medical Center’s compliance oversight programs and committees:
- Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) is committed to protect the rights, welfare and privacy of humans who participate in our human research programs.
- The Institutional Review Board (IRB) ensures that ethical and safe research practices are used when research is conducted with Human Subjects. IRB approval is required before beginning any research with human subjects.
- The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) ensures that federal regulations and guidelines are followed to protect both animals and researchers when research is conducted with animals. IACUC approval is required before beginning any research with animals
- The Institutional Biosafety Committe (IBC) assures compliance with research involving biological agents, toxins, or recombinant DNA
In addition, the Office of Research Compliance is also involved in other key areas of research administration at MMC:
- Good Laboratory Practices
- Responsible Conduct of Research