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Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies

Office of Regulatory Affairs

J.R. Haywood, Assistant Vice President for Regulatory Affairs

Michigan State University researchers seek to conduct their research in ways that protect the health and safety of research subjects and investigators as well as the environment. The Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) offers online and face-to-face training and resources to help researchers assure safety in their labs, conduct research responsibly, and comply with relevant regulations. ORA also pursues accreditation and certifications to assure that programs relating to human and animal subjects and environmental health and safety not only meet, but exceed, federal regulations. These efforts aim to maintain Michigan State University‘s respected compliance record. The major units within the office include:

Human Research Protection Program (HRRP) - protects individuals who are subjects of research through policies, procedures, and monitoring to ensure safe and ethical practices. The program is
fully accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, which ensures research participants that their safety and privacy are protected, whether they are part of a clinical trial or an opinion survey. The Institutional Review Board (IRB), the Human Research Liaison Offices, and the MSU IRB committees are part of this program. For more information, call 1-517-355-2180, e-mail or visit

Animal Care Program - provides support and oversight for all animal-related research, teaching, and outreach at Michigan State University, including ethical review of animal use; acquisition, husbandry, and veterinary care of animals; training and educational opportunities; and public outreach. The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee implements regulatory oversight requirements; Campus Animal Resources provides husbandry and veterinary care as well as technical services such as breeding programs and special care. The Michigan State University Animal Care Program is accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International. For more information, visit the Web site at Call Campus Animal Resources at 1-517-353-5065 or call the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee at 1-517-432-8103, or email

Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) - serves as a proactive provider of regulatory guidance, education, training, and compliance assistance to the university community to ensure that all faculty, students, and staff work in a safe and productive environment. The office acts as the primary liaison between the university and federal, state, and local environmental health agencies, including Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. For more information, call 1-517-355-0153 or visit

Faculty Conflict of Interest Officer - serves as a resource to faculty and administrators on defining and addressing faculty conflicts of interest, and maintains institutional procedures for faculty members to report significant financial interests and other opportunities for tangible personal benefit. For more information, call 1-517-884-7000, email or visit

For more information about the ORA, call 1-517-432-4500 or visit