Research Compliance Services (RCS) supports and protects the interests of the University, faculty, staff, students and human research subjects in research compliance matters through guidance, education, and technical assistance.

We work with the University of Oregon research community to ensure the responsible and ethical conduct of research by offering the following services:

  • Protecting human subjects in research
  • Managing conflicts of interest in research
  • Training in the responsible conduct of research
  • Investigating allegations of research misconduct
  • Education in research ethics and research compliance

News and Announcements

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and 16 federal agencies issued a final rule updating the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (the “Common Rule”) that safeguards individuals who participate in research. Most provisions in the new rule were scheduled to go into effect January 19, 2018 but have been delayed until July 19, 2018 through an Interim Final Rule. For the full text of the federal register notice, click here.

Update April 20, 2018: A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (not a final rule) was published by HHS and 16 other federal departments and agencies.  This notice proposes further delay of the implementation and compliance for the revised Common Rule to January 21, 2019. This also proposes a limited application of three burden-reducing provisions that could be implemented during the additional 6-month delay. The NPRM is issued with a 30-day comment period.  Again, this is a proposal for rulemaking, RCS is monitoring for indication of whether this notice will yield a final rule. For the full text of the federal register notice, click here.

Until July 19, 2018, institutions are required to comply with the pre-2018 Common Rule. RCS has reviewed our most recently developed and issued materials to ensure only those that continue to comply with the pre-2018 Common Rule are available to the research community.  We will continue to keep the research community informed of any further information.

Click here to read a letter to the UO Research Community from Vice President for Research and Innovation David Conover about the Common Rule changes. 

Workshops and Office Hours!

Students, staff, and faculty are all encouraged to attend a workshop and welcome to drop by our office for consultations during open office hours!

  • Drop in office hours for general questions:
    • Tuesdays: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    • Wednesdays: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Time dedicated to questions regarding the Revised Common Rule:
    • Thursdays: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Research and Innovation Services News and Annoucements