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Office of Research Assurances

Office of Research Assurances

Ensuring safe, compliant, and ethical research

The Office of Research Assurances (ORA) fosters responsible research practices.

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Presidential committees

The ORA oversees presidential committees that hold Washington State University research practices to the highest standards of ethics and safety. The following committees ensure that investigations comply with federal and state regulations, as well as University policy.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

Supported by the Animal Welfare Program (AWP)
Ensures that all vertebrate animals involved in teaching or research at WSU receive ethical and humane care and treatment.

Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)

Supported by the Biosafety Program
Oversees the safe use and handling of potentially biohazardous materials on WSU campuses.

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Supported by the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP)
Protects the rights and welfare of human research subjects at WSU.

Radiation Safety Committee (RSC)

Supported by the Radiation Safety Program
Ensures the safe use of radioactive materials and radiation-emitting machines at WSU sites throughout the state.

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Export controls

International research activities must comply with regulations governing the transfer of controlled items or information to foreign nationals or entities.

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Hazardous materials and dangerous goods shipping

WSU’s trained shippers ensure that all hazardous materials or dangerous goods comply with applicable regulations and arrive at their desired destinations without costly delays.

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Research Integrity

WSU’s Research Integrity Officer (RIO) is Christopher J. Keane, Vice President for Research and Vice Chancellor for Research, Pullman. For more information, please see research misconduct.