Last Revised: February 08, 2019

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Oversight of Human Research at the University of Pennsylvania

Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)

The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) provides review, resources, guidance and registration of Human Gene Transfer research to ensure compliance with NIH Guidelines. Study enrollment must not begin before IBC registration approval is obtained. This process is separate from and does not depend upon final IRB approval (dependent upon receipt of IBC registration approval).

Office of Clinical Research (OCR)

The Office of Clinical Research provides support for investigators, sponsors, and research teams who are navigating the regulatory framework surrounding clinical research. 

The OCR endeavors to assist faculty in their pursuit of medical innovation and discovery while fulfilling all aspects of research ethics and compliance.

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The mission of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) is: (1) To promote the rights and welfare of human research participants; (2) To facilitate excellence in human research by providing timely and high quality review of human research; (3) To provide professional guidance and support to the research community.

Human Research Advisory Committee (HRAC)

The Human Research Advisory Committee (HRAC) advises the Vice Provost for Research on the need for and implementation of policies and procedures governing human subject research. The Committee is comprised of faculty and administrative stakeholders. Upon the recommendation of the HRAC, the Vice Provost conducts periodic reviews of the human research protection program and budget support for the various components of the program, either through independent mechanisms or as part of a scheduled accreditation process.