Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) & Institutional Review Board (IRB)-Environmental Health & Safety - Carnegie Mellon University

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

All research, teaching and testing involving the use of animals must be reviewed and approved by Carnegie Mellon's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) before the research can be initiated. No animal experimentation or use is permitted at Carnegie Mellon without review and written approval by the IACUC. Call the Regulatory Compliance Administration at 412-268-5460 or 412-268-1901 for answers to questions regarding the IACUC, use of animals or the review process.

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

All research involving the use of human research subjects (participants) must be reviewed and approved by the CMU Institutional Review Board (IRB) before the research can be initiated.

  •   Research means a systematic investigation including research development, testing and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge; (see 45 CFR 46.102(d)).
  •  Human Subject means a living individual about whom an investigator (whether professional or student) conducting research obtains (1) data through intervention or interaction with the individual, or (2) identifiable private information.  (see 45 CFR 46.102(f)).

The primary responsibility of the IRB is to assure that appropriate steps are taken to protect the rights and welfare of humans participating in research. The IRB functions according to the guidelines of the Office of Human Research Protection (OHRP) and other federal regulatory agencies. The IRB is a committee with representation from CMU faculty and the community. The CMU IRB meets on the first Tuesday of every month. Protocols that are eligible for Exempt and Expedited Review are processed on an ongoing basis.

Office: MI 313
Phone: (412) 268-8405
Contact: Andrew Lawson


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