Compliance Committees

Iowa State University’s research compliance program includes the following compliance review committees:

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews any research involving human participants, including proposals to gather data from participants for theses, dissertations, and other student projects.

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) must approve all activities involving the use of live vertebrate animals prior to the use of the animals in research or teaching activities. Research activities include field studies, clinical trials, the use of blood donor animals, and breeding colonies. Teaching activities include scheduled courses and continuing education offerings. 

The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) must approve any teaching or research project that involves use of recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules, including transgenic animals or plants; use of human or animal pathogens (e.g., bacteria, viruses, prions, parasites); use of soil, seed, plants, plant pathogens (e.g., bacteria, viruses, or parasites) or other material received under a USDA APHIS compliance agreement or permit; use of biological toxins; administration of experimental biological products to animals; field releases of plant pests received under a USDA APHIS PPQ permit; field releases of genetically modified organisms that are under a USDA APHIS PPQ or BRS permit or notification (e.g., not commercially available GMOs).

The Radiation Safety Committee (RSC) reviews any research project that involves the use of radioactive materials or radiation-producing devices.

All investigators - undergraduate students, graduate students, professional and scientific staff, and faculty - with either internal or external funding are required to obtain any necessary approval(s) before initiating research and data collection.

If your project involves:

You will need approval from:

For more info, contact:

Human research participants

IRB (IRB forms)

Ashley Zellhoefer, 294-4566, Roxanne Bappe, 294-4215, or David Burnette, 294-1329, IRB Administrators, IRB@iastate.edu

Live vertebrate animals

IACUC (IACUC forms)

Sarah Zamzow, IACUC/IBC Administrator, iacuc@iastate.edu, 294-9581

Biohazardous materials (See detailed list above.)

IBC (IBC forms)

Sarah Zamzow, IACUC/IBC Administrator, bphc@iastate.edu, 294-9581

Radioisotopes or radiation-producing devices

RSC (RSC forms)

Eric Armstrong, Radiation Safety Officer, ekarmst@iastate.edu, 294-7666