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Office of Research Compliance

The Office of Research Compliance provides oversight of all activities that pertain to the inclusion of humans as research participants. Its mission is to create an environment that fosters the ethical conduct of human subjects research through quality assurance and education. The function of the office is to provide an interface between campus compliance committees and faculty, staff, and students. It fosters and safeguards the institution’s culture of compliance. The office offers the following:

  • Consultation during protocol preparation
  • Review of protocols, consent forms, and other compliance-related documents before study approval is requested from compliance entities (to identify needed modifications)
  • Preparation of documents necessary to secure or maintain accreditations and assurances
  • Post-approval monitoring to ensure that approved procedures are being used and research participants are protected
  • Education and training related to research compliance
  • Development of institutional policies to protect human research participants

To report a problem with research compliance, please contact the Office of Human Subjects Protection at the UT Health Science Center in Memphis. Written reports can be sent to the office using P.O. Box 63026, Memphis, TN, 38163. A 24-hour hotline for the confidential reporting of research compliance issues is also available through the Memphis campus by calling 901.448.1771.

Good Clinical Practice

Faculty and staff conducting industry-sponsored clinical trials are often asked to complete a training course about Good Clinical Practice. The training program used by the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga (UTCOMC) is the web-based Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). It can be accessed at

The course "Good Clinical Practice for Clinical Trials With Investigational Drugs and Medical Devices" is now available to CITI users affiliated with UTCOMC. To add the course to your profile, please follow the directions found here.

Sep 16, 2022