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The ORIC staff will be out of the office Monday November 6 through Wednesday November 8 while they attend PRIM&R's 2017 Advancing Ethical Research Conference in San Antonio, TX. Attendance, by the ORIC staff, at this year's conference is imperative in light of the upcoming changes to the regulations due to take effect in January 2018. The staff will continue to review new submissions, amendments, continuing reviews and study closures remotely. If you need to contact the staff during this time feel free to email them. They will respond to your email as soon as their conference schedule allows. Thank-you for your patience during this time.
Users will now select "Final Report" on the left side of each study's workspace to close a research study. This option was added to help users navigate to the correct application more easily when they are ready to close a study. Brief tutorials have also been added to the website.
The short form consent (both the English and Spanish versions) has been updated. The new version date for the short form is 10/09/2017. In addition, an attestation of translation has been obtained for the Spanish translated version of the short form and is available on the UMCIRB website under "Forms, Docs & Templates". Please be sure to use this new template when submitting a short form for IRB review and approval.

Revisions to the federal regulations governing human research are coming January 19, 2018. Please be on the lookout for more information and training on the ORIC website and notices of changes within ePIRATE

Investigators & Coordinators

General Information

Determination Worksheets

Other ECU Links Related to Human Research

  • Brody School of Medicine – Clinical Trials Office

  • REDCap - a secure, HIPAA-compliant, web-based application for building and managing online research surveys and databases.

  • ECU - Survey Review & Oversight Committee - a committee established to oversee scheduling of surveys with less overlap; avoid duplication of data collection efforts improve the quality of surveys with an overarching, goal of preventing "survey fatigue" on the ECU campus. Please visit the SROC web site if your research involves surveying ECU faculty, staff, or students.

  • Institutional Biological Safety Committee (IBC) – The IBC is the core of the biosafety program at ECU. Any research project that involves the use of potentially infectious materials must be declared and registered with the IBC. This also includes projects involving gene therapy. The IBC reviews the protocols and ensures that the materials are handled properly and that appropriate training takes place. Biological safety specific training is also offered for blood borne pathogens, infectious materials shipping, and biological safety cabinet use.

  • Identity Theft Protection Committee (ITPC) - In order to implement and ensure compliance with legal requirements governing SSNs and PII, ECU established the Identity Theft Protection Committee (ITPC) to oversee ECU's compliance with this regulation in regard to the collection, segregation, disclosure and security of SSNs and PII and the development of related policies/regulations.

    The ITPC is also responsible for approving the collection and use of SSNs and PII.

    Questions concerning the requirements of this regulation should be directed to the Identity Theft Protection Committee (ITPC) at 

  • Clinical Information Steering Committee - The Clinical Information Steering (CIS) Committee oversees the adoption and use of healthcare-related information technologies. CIS's partnership with ITCS provides a uniform process for the Brody School of Medicine, ECU School of Dental Medicine, ECU Allied Health, ECU College of Nursing and ECU Physicians to request and receive guidance in the selection, development and implementation of hardware, software systems, databases and third party IT services that support clinical research and operations for the purposes of assuring compatibility with existing East Carolina University and Vidant Health healthcare-related information technology systems, promoting operational efficiency, limiting storage of patient information outside of the university's designated Electronic Health Record (EHR) system(s), and ensuring both patient and university data are protected within the scope of applicable university policies, government regulations and state laws. 

Research Ethics, History and International Protections

Government Agencies/Commissions

International Agencies