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Center for Research Compliance

The Research Compliance Center was established in August 2015 as an affiliated organization of headquarters with the aim of establishing a comprehensive management system of research ethics. It consists of the Institutional Review Board (IRB), the Institutional Animal Care Use Committee (IACUC), the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), and the Research Integrity Committee.

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Ewha IRB was established in 2007 as a direct presidential committee. The committee's functions are to:

  • Review the ethical and scientific feasibility of the research that is conducted on campus, such as studies with human subjects, or those that involve human derived materials and then to approve or reject proposals.
  • Investigate and supervise the overall process and outcome of research projects that receive ethical approval.
  • Protect the personal data of any vulnerable participants.
  • Prepare ethical guidelines for the researchers.
Institutional Animal Care Use Committee (IACUC)

The Ewha IACUC provides safety guidelines for researchers, reviews experimental plans, and monitors whether animal experiments are conducted ethically according to animal welfare principles. The committee's main functions are to:

  • Examine the ethics and scientific feasibility of animal testing plans and to conduct post-approval monitoring.
  • Instruct and supervise animal experiments in compliance with article 23 of the Animal Protection Act.
  • Monitor Institutional Officials (IO) to ensure adherence to necessary measures for the protection and ethical handling of laboratory animals.
  • Confirm and evaluate the education and training of operators and workers in animal testing facilities.
  • Others stipulated in the ANIMAL PROTECTION ACT and the LABORATORY ANIMAL ACT.
Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)

The Ewha IBC aims to ensure the biosafety of the experiments conducted in campus labs and investigates, reviews, and advises on the sectors listed below. In addition, the committee may require the investigator to report on experimental matters related to biosafety if necessary.

  • Risk assessment and approval of experiments involving genetic recombination experiments.
  • Biosafety education and training and health management.
  • Enactment and Revision of Biosafety Regulations.
  • Securing biological safety in the institution.