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Compliance Review

To be eligible for federal funds, UVM must comply with a myriad of federal regulations including those related to protection of human subjects, humane care and use of vertebrate animals, and special handling of biohazardous and radioactive materials.

The regulations require review and monitoring of these regulated activities during the life of the project/protocol.

  • Human Subjects in Research
  • Use of Animals in Research
  • Recombinant DNA, Infectious Agents and Toxins
  • Hazardous Chemicals
  • Radioactive Substances

When Do You Need Approvals Completed?

Principal Investigators are advised to make contact with the appropriate office early in the process to understand the review requirements and time frames. Sponsored Project award accounts cannot be set up until all required protocol approvals are in place. The review and approval of a project / protocol typically begins after the proposal has been submitted to the sponsor, but each situation and circumstance can differ.  We strongly encourage you to make contacts early and make sure you understand the process, requirements and timing to avoid any delay in establishing your award account.

Human Subjects in Research

All research using human subjects must be reviewed and approved by the UVM Institutional Review Boards (IRBs). The two IRB committees designated to perform the reviews are the Committee on Human Subjects for Behavioral Sciences (CHRBS) and the Committee on Human Subject Research for Medical Science (CHRMS). Please contact the IRB for assistance with the review and approval process.

Use of Animals in Research

UVM is committed to the humane care and use of animals in activities related to research, testing and teaching. There are two UVM offices responsible for the oversight of the care and use of animals. They are the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) which is administered by the UVM Research Protections Office, and the Office of Animal Care and Management which is under the direction of the University Veterinarian.  Please contact the IACUC for assistance with the review and approval process.  To learn more about the role of animals in research, click here.

Biohazardous Materials

UVM's Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), which is administered by the Research Protections Office, is responsible for review and approval for the use of Recombinant DNA, infectious agents or toxins.  Please contact the IBC for assistance with the review and approval process.

Hazardous Chemicals

UVM's Office of Risk Management is responsible for oversight for the use of hazardous chemicals. Please contact Risk Management for assistance.

Radioactive Substances

UVM's Radiation Safety Office is responsible for oversight of the use of ionizing radiation on campus. Please contact the Radiation Safety Office for assistance with the review and approval process.

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