The Office of Research provides guidance, coordination, assistance, and oversight for all research compliance areas throughout the HSC. Routine day-to-day management of research compliance is assigned to appropriate individuals located on the component campuses. In addition, Memorandums of Understanding have been executed that permit certain HSC researchers to use compliance committees from Texas A&M University.
Institutional Review Boards
The HSC Committee for Protection of Human Subjects in Research is the official University Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the protection of human subjects or participants in laboratory learning experiences at or connected with the HSC.
Institutional Animal Use and Care Committees
The HSC's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is a standing committee that oversees animal use and care at the HSC. The charge of the IACUC is to assure the humane care and use of animals utilized in biomedical and behavioral research, teaching, and testing. Every effort is made to follow all federal, state, and local laws and regulations that govern the care and use of animals in these manners. Specific guidance can be found in the Animal Welfare Act, the Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, and the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.
The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) has a new Application for the IBC Permit. If your research involves the use of human blood, human tissues, human cells, recombinant DNA, pathogens (plant, animal, human) and/or biological toxins, registration with the IBC is required. To determine if you need IBC approval, please email the IBC at IBC@tamu.edu or contract the Office of Biosafety via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or via telephone at 979-458-3524. Please go to