Assuring research compliance  with laws, regulations and Howard University policies.  
SUBMISSION FOR IRB, IACUC, and IBC

Effective June 22, 2015: Please be advised that IRB, IACUC, and IBC Applications and communications can no longer be submitted on-line through Adobe Form Central to the Office of Regulatory Research Compliance. ALL applications and other communications should be sent via e-mail to the: theorrc@howard.edu
Thank you for your attention to this matter.





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Office of Regulatory Research Compliance
Howard University
Howard University Research Building 1
1840 7th Street, NW
Suite 309
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 865-8597
theorrc@howard.edu 
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Office of Regulatory  Research Compliance 

Howard University
HU Research Bldg 1
1840 7th Street, NW
Suite 309
Washington, D.C. 20001

Phone: (202) 865-8597
Fax:     (202) 232-5286

ORRC is located directly across  from the Howard University  Shaw Metro  on 7th Seventh St.(Georgia Ave) on the third floor       of  the Howard University    Research Building-1.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

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                                                   ATTENTION:  

The Office of Regulatory Research Compliance (ORRC) will close during the Winter Break  

The ORRC will be closed beginning Friday, December 16, 2016 at 5:00pm, and reopen on, Tuesday, January 3, 2017. 
Important Note: The winter break does not alter the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC); Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC); or Institutional Review Board (IRB) meeting schedules or deadlines for submission, given that the winter break was considered in the planning of the upcoming year's schedule. 
Whereas, investigators may continue to submit completed applications via email to theorrc@howard.edu during the break; expedited, exempt, exclusion and designated member review of applications will not occur during this period. They will be processed when the ORRC reopens on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.
If you should have any protocol related issues that need to be resolved prior to the break, please contact the ORRC as soon as possible. 

As previously noted, email via theorrc@howard.edu is the preferred method of communication during the break. 

To read more, click the pdf file. 



    Clinician Scientists - Harmonization of HIPAA Training Requirements 

In an effort to better streamline the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) training procedures, the Office of Regulatory Research Compliance (ORRC) and the Institutional Compliance Office have reached the following agreement. Henceforth, Clinician Scientists and Research Staff should only complete the Clinician Scientist module of the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiatives (CITI). A certificate of successful completion of this module is considered sufficient to meet the HIPAA training requirements of the ORRC and the Institutional Compliance Office. The certification is good for 2 years.
To read more, click the pdf file.  


HHS Proposes Significant Changes to the Federal Policy for the Protection 
of Human Subjects ("Common Rule")


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and fifteen other Federal Departments and Agencies have announced proposed revisions to modernize, strengthen, and make more effective the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects that was promulgated as a Common Rule in 1991. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) was published in the Federal Register on September 8, 2015 by the Office of the Federal Register. The NPRM, which can be accessed at the following URL: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/09/08/2015-21756/federal-policy-for-the-protection-of-human-subjectsseeks comment on proposals to better protect human subjects involved in research, while facilitating valuable research and reducing burden, delay, and ambiguity for investigators. The new comment period deadline is January 6, 2015. These departments and agencies are committed to affording the public a meaningful opportunity to comment on the NPRM and welcome comments.  Read more


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