Institutional Review Board

  • The Office of Research Compliance Administration uses an electronic ticketing system to manage all submissions, questions, etc.—our office has transferred to a new ticketing system (Service Cloud) because the old system (Desk) is going to shut down on March 13. Any replies to communications from the old ticketing system "ORCA Desk.com" <support@orca-ucsc.desk-mail.com> WILL NOT reach our office after March 12. Communications from our new ticketing system will come from this email address: orca-tickets@ucsc.eduPlease always send your submissions, questions, etc. to orca@ucsc.edu, or to our new ticketing system orca-tickets@ucsc.edu

  • The revisions to the federal Office of Human Research Protections regulations are effective January 21, 2019. Under the revisions, many studies will now qualify for exempt review, and continuing review for most studies will be 10 years. See Revised Common Rule

The UCSC Institutional Review Board (IRB) protects the rights and welfare of human subjects in research conducted by UCSC faculty or staff. The IRB has responsibility for review of research involving human subjects conducted at or sponsored by the University of California at Santa Cruz.

The Office of Research Compliance Administration (ORCA) assists researchers in navigating federal, state and University policies regarding human subjects research and provides administrative support to the IRB.

Assurance Number: The IRB operates under Federalwide Assurance number FWA00002797.

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