Niki L. Johnson
Director, Office of Research Compliance
The Office of Research Compliance (ORC) fully embraces the intent of the Office of the Vice President for Research & Economic Development (OVPRED) to foster and promote the research enterprise and scholarly activity at Auburn by ensuring that faculty, staff and students receive the assistance and support necessary to engage in a wide range of research activities.
Through ORC, the OVPRED offers essential and strategic expertise to support research compliance across AU’s colleges and schools. The interrelated, dynamic domains of research and regulatory compliance demand purposeful, thoughtful collaboration between AU’s research communities and its Office of Research Compliance to achieve high quality research.
- AU Compliance Programs: Animal Care and Use, Biological Safety and Protection of Human Subjects in Research. Program services provided by ORC include the oversight, independently and in conjunction with the AU Compliance Committees, of research and related activities under the authority of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development and Institutional Official. The Compliance Committees consist of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) and the Institutional Review Boards for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research (IRBs).
- AU Research Integrity Programs: Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) and the Responsible and Ethical Conduct of Research (RCR). Program services delivered by ORC include the administration, independently and in conjunction with the VPRED, of compliance with governmental and University FCOI and RCR requirements in the conduct of sponsored research, technology commercialization and related activities under the authority of the VPRED and Institutional Official.
- Related Regulatory Requirements: The ORC also assists with GxP Compliance (Good Clinical Practices (GCP), Good Laboratory Practices (GLP), Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)), Open Records Requests, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests, NIH Certificates of Confidentiality and Data Use Agreements.