Federal regulations require that all research involving the use of human subjects undergo review by the Human Subjects Committee to ensure that ethical research is being conducted. This Committee is composed of scientists, non-scientists, and community members with diverse backgrounds to maintain a comprehensive review of the research projects.
The Standing Advisory Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects (SACPHS) is regulated by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Office of Human Research Protection (OHRP).
Failure to obtain approval for research could result in cancellation of current and future funding and result in the university not receiving any future federal funding. Furthermore, any non-approved research, which is conducted by individuals associated with the University (student, faculty, etc.) exposes the researchers as well as the University to legal action.
NOTE: Please review all of the information in the links to the right. If you are still not sure whether your research involves human subjects please contact CSUN's IRB/IACUC Manager, Dr. Daniel Rastein, at firstname.lastname@example.org.