Research Policy & Compliance Operations
Most staff of Research Policy and Compliance (RPC) are working remotely. Hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 8-5 pm. Emails and calls will be returned as promptly as possible.
Research Policy and Compliance (RPC) provides leadership, regulatory expertise, professional guidance, and administrative support to the campus in order to promote the ethical conduct of research and to facilitate compliance with federal, state, University of California, and UCLA regulations and policies. RPC supports the Vice Chancellor for Research and Creative Activities in his roles as the Institutional Official for the Animal Care and Use Program at UCLA, and as the Research Integrity Officer.
RPC serves as the administrative home for the UCLA Export Control compliance program and convenes and provides support for a number of faculty-led committees. RPC staff also work collaboratively with staff of Legal Affairs, Academic Affairs, and Office of Research Administration (ORA) on special reviews.
RPC is led by Associate Vice Chancellor-Research Ann Pollack. It is a part of the Office of Research and Creative Activities.
The ARC is UCLA’s institutional animal care and use committee (IACUC), responsible for independently reviewing all research involving live vertebrate non-human animals as mandated by the USDA Animal Welfare Act, and the PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.
RPC serves as the administrative home for the Cannabis Advisory Board (CAB). The CAB provides general guidance and evaluates specific requests from campus investigators about engaging in research and other activities related to cannabis or industrial hemp.
The CPSC focuses on chemical and physical hazards in research laboratories. It develops, recommends, and maintains policies and procedures applicable to chemical and physical health and safety practices at UCLA in order to promote safe research practices.
RPC provides guidance to the campus community on matters related to conflicts of interest in research, and supports the Conflict of Interest Review Committee (CIRC), a faculty peer review panel responsible for reviewing personal financial interests disclosed by UCLA researchers. The CIRC serves as the substantive independent review committee required under the California Political Reform Act, and as the "designated official(s)" required under federal policy/regulation.
The DURE is charged with review and oversight of life sciences research using certain select agents or toxins that are categorized by the federal government as Dual Use Research of Concern because they might provide knowledge, information, products, or technologies that if misapplied could pose a significant threat to public health and safety, agricultural crops and other plants, animals, the environment, materiel, or national security.
U.S. export controls are federal laws and regulations that govern financial transactions, as well as the conditions under which certain information, software, and items can be exported to a foreign person, entity, country, or foreign national within the United States. The Export Control team helps faculty, staff, and students comply with U.S. export controls in connection with their University activities.
RPC maintains a website devoted to providing guidance to the campus research community about international collaborations and scholarly activities.
RPC provides administrative support to the High Containment Use Committee and the UCOP-mandated High Containment Laboratory Oversight Group. Both committees work with the IBC and EH&S High Containment Program to support research in campus Biosafety Level 3 facilities.
The IBC is responsible for establishing, monitoring, and enforcing policies and procedures related to the use of hazardous biological materials and recombinant/synthetic nucleic acids in research.
The OSOC advises and reports to the Chancellor through the Vice Chancellor for Research and Creative Activities on matters related to promoting a safe working environment in UCLA’s research and teaching laboratories.
The RSC is responsible for ensuring the safe use of radiation in research, clinical, and academic settings at UCLA and is comprised of four subcommittees: the Academic Radiation Safety Committee (ARSC), the Clinical Operations Radiation Safety Committee (CORSC), the Medical Radiation Safety Committee (MRSC), and the Radioactive Drug Research Committee (RDRC).
RPC supports the Vice Chancellor for Research and Creative Activities in his role as campus Research Integrity Officer by assessing allegations of research misconduct, and conducting inquiries and investigations as required under sponsor and institutional policies. RPC also provides guidance about campus opportunities for training in the Responsible Conduct of Research.