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.
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.
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.
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.
This Standing Committee on Animals oversees experimental protocols involving animals.
The Office for Professional Standards and Integrity (OPSI) is responsible for implementing the policies adopted by the Faculty of Medicine as well as the policies and regulations promulgated by the federal government and its agencies in the areas of conflict of interest, research integrity and scientific misconduct.
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. The Office also supports the biosafety programs at these institutions by providing additional risk assessment as well as establishing policies and procedures.
The Office of Research Compliance provides independent oversight of Harvard Medical School's research compliance programs, activities and processes. The Director, who reports to the Dean of the School of Medicine, through the Dean for Faculty and Research Issues (with an additional reporting relationship to the Harvard Associate Vice President for Research Administration) is responsible for coordinating and monitoring these programs to assure that the Medical School is compliant with federal, state and local laws and regulations as well as University and HMS policies.
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.