Research Compliance Services (RCS) supports and protects the interests of the University, faculty, staff, students and human research subjects in research compliance matters through guidance, education, and technical assistance.

We work with the University of Oregon research community to ensure the responsible and ethical conduct of research by offering the following services:

  • Protecting human subjects in research
  • Managing conflicts of interest in research
  • Training in the responsible conduct of research
  • Investigating allegations of research misconduct
  • Education in research ethics and research compliance

News and Announcements

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and 16 federal agencies issued a final rule updating the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (the “Common Rule”) that safeguards individuals who participate in research. Most provisions in the new rule were scheduled to go into effect July 19, 2018 but have been delayed until January 21, 2019 through a Final Rule. For the full text of the federal register notice, click here.

Update June 19, 2018: The effective and general compliance date for the 2018 Common Rule regulations was previously delayed to July 19, 2018 by an interim final rule. A new Final Rule has been published delaying the general compliance date of the 2018 Requirements until January 21, 2019

The Final Rule requires continued compliance with the requirements of the pre-2018 version of the Common Rule until January 21, 2019, with an exception. Studies initially approved by the IRB or determined to be exempt before January 21, 2019 will continue to be subject to the pre-2018 Requirements. The exception includes a limited application of three burden-reducing provisions that could be implemented during the 6-month period of July 19, 2018-Janaury 21, 2019. If the limited provisions are applicable, RCS will work with affected researchers directly.

The Final Rule indicates the intent for Common Rule departments and agencies to issue key guidance documents for implementation of the 2018 Requirements. RCS has reviewed our most recently developed and issued materials to ensure only those that continue to comply with the pre-2018 Common Rule are available to the research community.  We will continue to keep the research community informed of any further information.

Click here to read a letter to the UO Research Community from Vice President for Research and Innovation David Conover about the Common Rule changes. 

Workshops and Office Hours!

Students, staff, and faculty are all encouraged to attend a workshop and welcome to drop by our office for consultations during open office hours!

  • Drop in office hours for general questions:
    • Tuesdays: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    • Wednesdays: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Time dedicated to questions regarding the Revised Common Rule:
    • Thursdays: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm