Rice University Research Policy No.
PROTECTION OF HUMAN SUBJECTS
PARTICIPATING IN RESEARCH OR EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES
As required by Rice Policy 301, no research or educational activities involving
human subjects may be undertaken at Rice University unless the Institutional
Review Board (IRB) for the Protection of Human Subjects at Risk has reviewed and
approved the activity. Moreover, appropriate certification of such review and
prior approval must have been provided to the sponsor.
The only procedure of an invasive nature that may normally be undertaken for
research or instructional purposes is the collection of blood samples by
venipuncture. Volunteer subjects must be at least 18 years of age who certify
that they are in good health and not pregnant. Blood samples may be drawn no
more than twice a week with an upper limit in volume of 450 milliliters over an
eight week period. Signed and witnessed consent forms, available in the Office
of Sponsored Research, are required in all cases. These procedures may be
performed only by medical personnel, i.e. physicians, licensed nurses, or
certified medical laboratory technicians/phlebotomists.
Noninvasive procedures to be used with human subjects, for example, in memory
testing, must be justified by the Principal Investigator in writing and are
subject to review and approval by the IRB. Consent forms are required in these
Laws and regulations regarding the protection of human subjects are detailed
in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 45 CFR Part 46.
Policy No. 326-89
Revised January 15, 1998