University of Hawai‘i
Research Compliance

Human Studies

  • Protects the health, welfare, rights, and dignity of people who participate in research.
  • Administers the Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) that evaluate, approve, and monitor new and continuing research protocols involving human research participants.

Animal Welfare

  • Protects the care and welfare of animals used in research.
  • Oversees, through the Office of the System Veterinarian, the health, well-being, and clinical care of most vertebrate animals used in research, testing, and teaching system-wide.
  • Administers the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), which reviews, approves, and monitors laboratory and field research protocols and instructional activities involving vertebrate animals to help ensure they are used and cared for ethically and humanely.

Biological Safety

  • Protects personnel, environment, and public from exposure to infectious agents.
  • Administers the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), which reviews, approves, and monitors researcher adherence to research and teaching protocols that involve potentially infectious agents and recombinant materials.
  • Helps protect personnel, the environment, and the public from exposure to biological agents (including select agents and toxins), microorganisms, and recombinant genetic materials.

Animal & Veterinary Services

  • Operates two vivaria for which the program procures, houses, and cares for research animals on a fee-for-service basis.
  • Protects the health and care of laboratory and other vertebrate animals used in research, teaching, and service.

Research Integrity

  • Addresses allegations of research and scholarly misconduct.
  • Protects integrity of research conducted by members of the UH community and/or utilizing UH/State of Hawai‘i resources.

Export Controls

  • Serves as the main resource for UH administrators, researchers, and other faculty and staff who are involved with research projects and business matters which require the review and execution of certain types of unfunded contractual agreements that may be subject to various U.S. laws and regulations.
  • Responsible for assisting researchers in complying with complex and ever-changing U.S. laws and regulations which regulate certain strategic information, technology, and services, through training, providing advice and classification assistance, preparing and submitting license applications to Federal agencies, conducting assessments, and administering applicable UH policies and procedures.