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The Education and Compliance Office for Human Subject Research was established in 1996 in response to the rapid expansion of the University’s human subject research program. It is one of the nine research oversight offices that comprise the Research Conduct and Compliance Office at the University of Pittsburgh.

The ECO-HSR provides research compliance services and education for bio-medical and psycho-social researchers in all departments and schools throughout the University.

During its first decade, the primary focus of the ECO-HSR was to conduct full investigator site audits of ongoing research studies. While the results of these audits served to ensure compliance with institutional policies and the federal regulations, the need for collaborative, proactive regulatory education for the research community also became apparent. The Research Investigator Start-up Education (RISE) program was developed in 2006 to meet this need.

In 2007, the ECO-HSR, in collaboration with the newly established Office of Investigator-Sponsored IND and IDE Support (O3IS), assumed the responsibility for the monitoring of clinical trials conducted by sponsor-investigators.

While full investigator site audits and audits of the informed consent process are still conducted at the request of the IRB Executive Committee, the current focus of the ECO-HSR is on conducting RISE reviews and monitoring sponsor-investigator IND/IDE protocols.

In addition, the ECO-HSR program includes a strong research education component. The Pitt Research Network Seminar Series (PRN) is a collaboration between the ECO-HSR and the IRB to provide updated regulatory education and information on “best research practices.” ECO-HSR staff members also provide presentations on good research practices to individual departments upon request and the Orientation to Research Fundamentals.

For detailed information on the above-mentioned activities, please refer to the Activities and Services tab on this Web site.