RCFs and Research Compliance Services

RCFs and Research Compliance Services

I. Animal Care & Use:

If the RCF includes animal use or care, the Director/Manager operates the RCF under the auspices of the University of Oregon Program for Animal Care and Use, administered by the Animal Care Services Director, who is responsible for overall compliance of all animal care programs and facilities with all federal regulations that govern the care and use of animals in research and teaching. The Director/Manager also is responsive to the University Attending Veterinarian, the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), and the Institutional Official (IO) to ensure that the facility is operating in a manner fully compliant with all federal animal care regulations and university policies that pertain to animal use and care. Standard Operating Procedures and general facility protocols are developed by the RCF Director/Manager, reviewed by the FAC, before being sent to the IACUC for institutional review and adoption.  All users must comply with pertinent training requirements according to university, state and federal policies and regulations before RCF use.

Animal protocols for laboratory-specific procedures are the responsibility of staff in the individual laboratories, and not RCF staff or the Director/Manager.

As per policies and regulations regarding use of animals in research, any potential animal health concern and/or violation of approved protocols shall be brought to the immediate attention of the Attending Veterinarian and the Animal Care Services Director by the RCF Director/Manager, staff or students. As warranted and per university policy, investigation of the concern is conducted by the IACUC or its designees.

II. Human Subjects Responsibilities:

If the RCF includes the use of human subjects, the Director/Manager operates the RCF in a manner that is compliant with the human subject protocols approved by the University of Oregon Research Compliance Services, who are responsible for overall compliance of all federal regulations that govern the use of human subjects in research. The Director/Manager is also responsive to the Institutional Official to ensure that the facility is operated in a manner fully compliant with all federal regulations and university policies that pertain to human subject use.

Standard Operating Procedures and general facility protocols are developed by the RCF Director/Manager, reviewed by the Committee, before being sent to the Human Subjects (HSC) Committee for institutional review and adoption.  All users must comply with pertinent training requirements according to university, state and federal policies and regulations before RCF use.

Human Subject protocols for laboratory-specific procedures are the responsibility of staff in the individual laboratories, and not RCF Director/Manager, staff or students.

As per policies and regulations regarding use of human subjects in research any potential human health concern, and/or violation of approved protocols will be brought to the immediate attention of the Research Compliance Service Director by the Director/Manager, staff or students. As warranted and per university policy, investigation of the concern is conducted by the HSC or its designees.

III. Environmental Health & Safety and Radiation Safety:

If the RCF includes the use of agents, products, services, etc. that fall under the regulations to ensure environmental health and safety or radiation safety, the Director/Manager operates the RCF in a manner that is compliant with these regulations as approved by the University of Oregon Biosafety or Radiation Safety Committees who are responsible for overall compliance of all federal regulations that govern their use in research. The Director/Manager is also responsive to the Institutional Official and Biosafety Officer to ensure that the facility is operating in a manner fully compliant with all federal regulations and university policies that pertain to use.

Standard Operating Procedures and general facility protocols are developed by the RCF Director/Manager, reviewed by the FAC, before being sent to the respective review Committee for institutional review and adoption. All users must comply with pertinent training requirements according to university, state and federal policies and regulations before RCF use.

Institutional Biosafety or Radiation Safety protocols for laboratory-specific procedures are the responsibility of staff in the individual laboratories, and not RCF Director/Manager, staff or students.

As per policies and regulations, any potential health or safety concern and/or violation of approved protocols will be brought to the immediate attention of the Environmental Health & Safety Director by the Director/Manager, staff or students. As warranted and per university policy, investigation of the concern is conducted by the Safety review committee or its designees.