Introduced in October 1999 and formerly known as the Animal and Human Studies Office, ORSP is the final common pathway for all investigators seeking approval for research involving animal or human subjects. Its mission is to ensure that all research subjects are protected from harm and unnecessary discomfort while involved in a research project.
The Office of Biological Safety facilitates the Committee on Microbiological Safety (COMS). COMS is a standing faculty committee that reviews all research involving recombinant DNA as well as work involving biohazards at Harvard and its 16 affiliated institutions. The Office provides the administrative support for the Committee and the technical review of COMS applications.
At Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Harvard School of Public Health, the Ombudsperson provides an impartial review to surface and fairly resolve problems that arise within the organizations, and to give generic upward feedback on systemic concerns to senior management.
In support of the research mission of Harvard Medical School, SPA provides specified research support services to HMS departments, the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and NEPRC; compliance oversight of sponsored research activities related to these research support services; and expert advice to the faculty and departments related to these research support services.
The HMS/HSDM Office for Postdoctoral Fellows works to enhance the development and experience of the postdoctoral community by recognizing the valuable contributions of postdoctoral scholars, developing a firm foundation on which to build a comprehensive training and career development experience, encouraging individual responsibility, fostering mentoring and cultivating a sense of community.
The Harvard Faculty of Medicine established the Committee on Human Studies (also referred to as the CHS or IRB) to review research projects and activities that involve human participants, and to oversee the implementation of all policies and procedures for human studies research.