Ensure Research Compliance

Ensure Research Compliance

Ensuring compliance with proper protocols is an important part of the research process. Several programs at the Penn State College of Medicine help with this oversight.

Animal Resources Program

The Penn State College of Medicine/Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Animal Resources Program (internal access only) supports biomedical research at the Penn State College of Medicine by providing exceptional animal care, delivering state-of-the-art veterinary services, offering guidance for regulatory matters, and supplying practical animal-use training.

Biological Safety

The healthcare environment provides many opportunities for exposure to biological hazards, and the Biological Safety Program (internal access only) offers training and resources to prevent exposure. It is important to understand the hazards associated with biological agents and how to prevent exposure to faculty, staff, students, health system patients and visitors.

Chemical Safety

Nearly every work environment at Penn State College of Medicine or Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center contains some form of hazardous chemical. The risks from exposure to most of these chemicals is quite small, but some chemicals represent a significant risk. The OSHA Hazard Communication Standard and the Pennsylvania State "Right-To-Know" Law mandate that you are aware of the chemical hazards in your work environment and be trained to minimize the risks they present, and information is available through the Safety Department (internal access only).

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

The IACUC (internal access only) is responsible for oversight and evaluation of the animal care and use program and its components. Its functions include inspection of facilities, evaluation of programs and animal-activity areas; submission of reports to responsible institutional officials; review of proposed uses of animals in research, testing, or education (i.e. protocols); and establishment of a mechanism for receipt and review of concerns involving the care and use of animals at the institution.

Institutional Review Board/Human Subjects Protection Office IRB/HSPO)

The HSPO (internal access only) administers the institutional program to protect individuals who participate in research, provides administrative support to the IRB, and assists faculty and staff to promote the protection of the participants of research. HSPO staff provide guidance to investigators in the proposal process, design and conduct of human subjects research; develop educational resources and programs for research staff; and review research for quality purposes and compliance with applicable federal law and local policies.

Radiation Safety

The Radiation Safety Program or Health Physics Program (internal access only) at Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has been developed by the Radiation Safety Committee, giving guidelines for certain aspects of the radiation safety program. The Health Physics Office oversees all activities involving radiation sources and is empowered to take whatever steps are necessary to protect patients, visitors, employees and the facility from unnecessary and potentially harmful radiation exposure and costly decontamination measures.

Research Quality Assurance

The primary mission of the Research Quality Assurance Office (internal access only) is to support the planning and conduct of both clinical research and basic laboratory research being conducted at Penn State College of Medicine. This mission is fulfilled by working with investigators to help them identify gaps that might negatively impact their research and assist them by making recommendations to eliminate these gaps. This support is provided to aid investigators in conducting research as required by regulatory authorities, to ensure that laboratory research follows acknowledged best practices, and that research fulfills promises to study volunteers and with due respect for laboratory animals.

Help at Every Step

Click on any of the topics below to read more about how Penn State College of Medicine supports its investigators in that area.

The logo of the Penn State College of Medicine Research Concierge Service is a set of scientific icons, such as microscopes, gears, beakers, telescopes and other shapes, set on colored circles of orange, green, blue, pink and yellow. The entire set of circles is connected by black lines and forms the shape of a light bulb, with a black light bulb base below.

Research Concierge Service

Penn State College of Medicine's Research Concierge Service offers another level of support in the research development process.

The Concierge helps investigators strengthen grant writing skills, form collaborative teams, and develop complex research proposals.

In addition, the Concierge can advise you on resources available to help you through various stages of the grant process or direct you to the appropriate office for your need.