REEport Project Initiation Assurance Statements

May 28, 2013 Debra Cheung

Institutions receiving NIFA funding for research are responsible for protecting human subjects and providing humane treatment of animals. To provide for the adequate discharge of this responsibility, NIFA policy requires an assurance by the institution’s Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR) that appropriate committees in each institution have carried out the initial review of protocols and will conduct continuing reviews of supported projects.

 

Human Subjects

If the project involves the use of human subjects, the PI and/or department staff will need to work with the UC Davis Institutional Review Board (IRB) to obtain protocols as necessary.  Full information including forms, policy and procedure can be found at http://research.ucdavis.edu/policiescompliance/irb-admin/.

 

List of Exemptions from IRB review:

  1. Research conducted in established or commonly accepted educational settings.
  2. Research involving the use of educational tests (cognitive, diagnostic, aptitude, achievement), survey procedures, interview procedures or observation of public behavior, unless information obtained is recorded in such a manner that human subjects can be identified, and any disclosure of the human subjects' responses outside the research could reasonably place the subjects at risk or be damaging.
  3. Research not exempt in #2 may be exempt if, in the use of educational tests, the subjects are elected or appointed officials, or federal statutes require that confidentiality will be maintained.
  4. Research involving the collection or study of existing data, documents, records, pathological specimens, or diagnostic specimens.
  5. Research and demonstration projects which are designed to study, evaluate, or otherwise examine public benefit or service programs.
  6. Taste and food quality evaluation and consumer acceptance studies.

 

Vertebrate Animals

If the project involves the use of vertebrate animals, the PI and/or department staff will need to work with the UC Davis EH&S Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) to obtain protocol as necessary.  Full information including forms, policy and procedure can be found at http://safetyservices.ucdavis.edu/article/institutional-animal-care-and-use-committee-iacuc.

 

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