Research Compliance Units

Conflict of Interest Advisory Committee (COIAC)

Federal regulations, state laws and University policies recognize that researchers may have financial interests in research sponsors and/or in entities with business interests closely related to their research.  Researchers must submit financial disclosure forms at the time of proposal submission for research funding, when research gift funding is received, and when an application for protocol is submitted for a human clinical study. In those situations where a financial interest and possible conflict of interest are disclosed, each situation is reviewed by an independent substantive review committee.  At UCSF, that committee is the Chancellor’s Conflict of Interest Advisory Committee (COIAC).  Read more on the COIAC website

Export Controls

Federal Export Control Regulations govern the transfer of certain physical objects (e.g. equipment, compounds, materials, prototypes, specimens, or components) outside of the United States, conducting financial transactions in certain international locations, and the transfer of certain types of information to foreign persons inside or outside of the U.S. All persons must comply with Federal Export Control Regulations. The consequences of violating the Federal Export Control Regulations are severe and can result in personal and institutional civil and criminal penalties including fines and incarceration.  Read more on the Export Controls website

Human Research Protection Program (HRPP)

The Committee on Human Research (CHR) is UCSF's Institutional Review Board (IRB); an Institutional Review Board is a committee, operating under Federal regulations, State laws, and Institutional policy, that reviews research involving human subjects to ensure the ethical and equitable treatment of those subjects. At present the CHR is comprised of four panels that share equal authority and responsibility.  Read more on the HRPP website

Institutional Animal
Care & Use Committee (IACUC)

The University has established policies on the use of animal subjects to promote their humane care and use in research and instruction and to ensure institutional compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations and University policies governing the use of animals. The IACUC oversees all UCSF research and instruction that involves vertebrate animals, in order to ensure that the highest ethical and animal welfare standards are met.  Read more on the IACUC website

Technical Committees

The Technical Committees are campus committees  mandated by regulatory and policy requirements. Some of these regulatory agencies mandate that approval by a duly appointed committee be granted before any research project using radioactive materials or certain biological agents can be initiated. These agencies include the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), California Department of Health Services - Radiologic Health Branch, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules, all of which are encompassed in the appropriate University Policies and Manuals.  Read more on the Technical Committees website