Regulatory Compliance Committees

Compliance Committees provide FGCU researchers assistance in complying with the various federal, state and university regulations. They are the:

  • Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) – Research and teaching projects involving animals
  • Institutional Review Board (IRB) Research involving human subjects
  • Institutional Safety Committee (ISC) – Research involving materials such as bio-hazardous materials, select agents, rDNA, controlled chemicals and radio-active material, or processes that result in acutely hazardous waste

The FGCU Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) reviews all research and teaching projects that involve the use of or possible impact on animals to ensure compliance with federal regulations. The IACUC review ensures that the use of animals is justified and any animal pain or suffering is minimized. Applications are accepted by ORGS on behalf of the committee at any time.

The FGCU Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews all research activities involving human subjects. The IRB ensures that the rights, safety and welfare of human subjects are protected as mandated by the appropriate federal regulations, state statutes and university guidelines. Research with human subjects may not be conducted prior to receiving IRB approval.

The FGCU Institutional Safety Committee (ISC) promotes and facilitates a safe research environment by requiring that research projects meet all federal, state and local safety regulations.

Projects involving bio-hazardous materials, select agents, recombinant DNA, controlled chemicals, radioactive material or instruments with a radioactive label, or processes that result in acutely hazardous waste is reviewed by the committee for compliance with the pertinent federal, state and university regulations. For more information and assistance with ISC, please contact Rhonda Holtzclaw at (239) 590-1037.