Research compliance

two women looking at petri dishHundreds of federal and state laws and regulations – many with complex data-collection, reporting, and auditing requirements – govern nearly every aspect of research. The goals are broad: protect government, universities, investigators, and the public; prevent fraud, waste and abuse; minimize risk; and, ultimately, ensure appropriate stewardship of billions in federal tax dollars.

Research compliance management requires detailed and current subject matter expertise in the applicable regulations, a basic understanding of the science underlying the research being conducted, and considerable administrative acumen in a higher education environment.

Topic areas

These are some of the areas at the University that are governed by federal and state laws and regulations:

Animal welfare
Biological safety
Embryonic stem cells
Export control
Human subjects
Radiation safety
Intellectual Property

For additional information about research compliance, please visit the UW Office of Research.

Laws and policy

The University of Washington Research Compliance report catalogs applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, as well as the University policy, boards and committees, and service provider offices that support the management of the University’s compliance obligations. Reports are reviewed and updated every 18 months.

Process improvement

Thirteen projects were recently undertaken across the University in six major compliance areas. For research compliance, the projects were: 1) Lab Safety and 2) Post-approval monitoring of clinical trials with human subjects.  Project completion updates were presented to the Board of Regents in January 2018. The initial research assessment and project plan  was presented to the Board of Regents in February 2016.