Research Ethics & Compliance Services2024-06-11T09:11:53-04:00

The MaineHealth Office of Research Ethics & Compliance

The MaineHealth Office of Research Ethics and Compliance is responsible for providing training and support to clinicians, faculty and staff in regulatory requirements for scientific research. The Office of Research Ethics and Compliance seeks to promote and ensure the highest standards for research compliance throughout MaineHealth.

In addition, the Office of Research Ethics and Compliance is also involved in other key areas of research administration at MaineHealth:

    •     Good Laboratory Practices
    •     CITI Training Requirements and Instruction
    • The Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Program at Maine Medical Center is part of the educational and outreach activities of the Office for Research Compliance. Our goal is to develop and make available to the Maine Medical Center research community programs and materials that will increase the knowledge of and facilitate the practice of responsible research. Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) is defined as the practice of scientific investigation with integrity. It involves the awareness and application of established professional norms and ethical principles in the performance of all activities related to scientific research. It is the policy of Maine Medical Center that all students, postdocs, laboratory personnel, and scientists who participate in any Research Programs and/or are receiving research funds or who participates in research activities funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH) or National Science Foundation (NSF), shall engage in a program of study in the Responsible Conduct of Research. A RCR Project Plan must be submitted at the same time a NSF & NIH (if applicable) proposal is being submitted.  The Plan must indicate the principle investigator’s decision for the required in-person’s RCR training.  The CITI (online) modules are required for all covered students. This policy applies to all undergraduate students, graduate students, and post‐doctoral trainees performing research, whether as an employee or other trainee, on proposals submitted to NSF and to all students funded by or performing research funded by NIH.

The Office of Research Ethics and Compliance Supports the Following


The Institutional Review Board (IRB) ensures that ethical and safe research practices are used when research is conducted with Human Subjects. IRB approval is required before beginning any research with human subjects.

New Common Rule Information


Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) is committed to protect the rights, welfare and privacy of humans who participate in our human research programs.


The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) ensures that federal regulations and guidelines are followed to protect both animals and researchers when research is conducted with animals. IACUC approval is required before beginning any research with animals


Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)  ensures compliance with research involving biological agents, toxins, or recombinant DNA.

MaineHealth Office of Research Ethics & Compliance

1 Riverfront Plaza
Westbrook, Maine 04092


MHIR Contact Info

81 Research Drive | Scarborough, ME | 04074

Phone: 207.396.8100


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