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Compliance - Research Subjects & Materials

Human Subjects

Systematic investigation of information obtained by observing or interacting with people, or by collecting and examining any form of identifiable private information about people requires approval from the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects (IRB). For further information, please visit the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects (IRB) website.


Animal Subjects

Research, teaching or testing activities using live vertebrate animals require approval from the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). For further information, please visit the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) website.


Recombinant DNA or Infectious Agents

Research involving recombinant DNA or infectious agents requires either approval from or notification to the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC). For further information, please visit the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)website.


Radioactive Material and/or Class 3B or 4 Lasers

Use of radioactive material and/or class 3Bof 4 lasers requires approval from the Radiation Safety Committee. For more information, please review the Radiation Safety Program manual (PDF), and visit the Safety & Environmental Management (SEM) Policy, Guides and Reports page.


Environmental or Safety Hazards

Research involving potential hazards to employees or the environment, such as hazardous materials or the need for safety equipment or medical monitoring, may require prior approval or training from the Safety & Environmental Management Department (SEM). For further information, please visit the Safety & Environmental Management (SEM) website.

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Office of Research & Sponsored Programs
5717 Corbett Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5717
Phone: 207-581-1484 | Fax: 207-581-1446
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
207.581.1110
A Member of the University of Maine System