Programs & Committees
Academic and medical research is subject to a myriad of laws, regulations, and/or other binding agreements both challenging and complex. The compliance program at BU and BMC integrates and coordinates the significant requirements with which we must comply.
- Animal Care: The animal care program is a team of administrative, managerial, technical, and professional staff committed to the advancement of science in collaboration with the research community by promoting the humane care and use of animals used in biomedical research and teaching.
- Financial Conflicts of Interest in Research: BU and BMC seek to ensure the integrity of academic research conducted by its faculty members and students and to sustain public confidence in that research. Therefore, we maintain a program to promote research objectivity through the management, reduction, or elimination of investigators’ conflicts of interest.
- Environmental Health & Safety (EHS): EHS promotes health, safety, and environmental protection in teaching, research, clinical, public service, and administrative activities by providing training, advice, and other compliance assistance and by promoting safety in all aspects of the BU and BMC community.
- Export Control: Export control laws regulate the transfer of controlled information (including technical data and technical assistance) as well as controlled physical items (such as scientific equipment) to foreign colleagues and organizations in the United States and abroad.
- Human Subjects: The institutional review board (IRB) protects the rights and welfare of human subjects of research and assures that clinical research is conducted according to corresponding federal regulations, state law, and IRB policies. All research or clinical investigations involving human subjects in which BU/BMC, its staff, its students, or its patients are involved may be subject to the authority of the IRB, regardless of funding source or other regulatory requirements.
- Research Occupational Health Program (ROHP): ROHP focuses on the health, wellness, and safety of the University’s scientific research community. It promotes a culture of safety in research by utilizing comprehensive best practices to perform medical surveillance, workplace risk assessments, biosafety and agent training, and clinical occupational health services led by board-certified occupational medicine physicians.
- Responsible Conduct of Research: Boston University has adopted a program for instruction in the responsible conduct of research (i.e., research ethics) in the sciences. The program covers students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty mentors, and is in compliance with NIH and NSF regulations requiring such training for specific awards and individuals.
BU has sought to maintain the highest standards for research and, as such, has multiple research committees. The associate vice president of research compliance appoints the various committee members, faculty investigators from both campuses with expertise in many areas.
These committees include:
- BUMC Institutional Review Board: For research involving human subjects conducted by Boston Medical Center and Boston University Medical Campus faculty members.
- Charles River Campus Institutional Review Board: For research involving human subjects conducted by Boston Medical Center and Boston University Charles River Campus faculty members.
- Dive Safety Committee: The Scientific Diving & Small Boat Safety Committee (SD-SBSC) oversees diving and boating performed as a necessary component of research or educational activity by faculty, students, and other employees involved in research.
- Export Control Advisory Committee: Provides guidance regarding export control issues at Boston University.
- Faculty Review Committee on Conflicts of Interest: Reviews disclosures with a potential conflict of interest from investigators on the Charles River Campus, Medical Campus, and Boston Medical Center.
- Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee: Considers the care and use of animals in research and teaching from an ethical perspective and ensures institutional compliance with federal requirements through oversight of the laboratory animal care program.
- Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC): A University-wide group committee responsible for reviewing and approving recombinant DNA research and biohazard research projects. The IBC has overall oversight responsibility for the biosafety program at Boston University and Boston Medical Center.
- Laboratory Safety Committee (LSC): Provides guidance and administrative oversight of environmental health and safety in the academic research and teaching laboratories. The LSC develops policies and guidelines to assist in addressing hazardous materials and processes in the laboratory workplace to ensure that personnel work safely.
- Radiation Safety Committee: Oversees all uses of radioactive material and has overall responsibility for the development and recommendation of comprehensive polices and guidelines for the safe use of all sources of radiation, including all clinical and research uses of radioactive materials and all ionizing and non-ionizing radiation-generating devices.