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Research Regulatory Affairs

Research Regulatory Affairs

Welcome to the pages of the Office of the Vice President, Research Regulatory Affairs. Donald E. Walters coordinates most matters related to Research Regulatory Affairs for Vice President of Research and Biotechnology, Steven J. Henriksen. Donald Walters can be reached at dewalters@westernu.edu.

Please look on the left hand navigation links for more pages within Research Regulatory Affairs.

You can navigate back to the Research homepage, up above, in the horizontal links near the top of the page for forms, current research, reporting, and to find other faculty experts.

The responsibilities that fall under Research Regulatory Affairs include:

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is not a function overseen by the Office of Research Regulatory Affairs. The IRB is its own office. Please visit the IRB page for more information about research involving human subject matters.

If you are trying to find Safety Data Sheets (SDS, formerly known as MSDS) and the SDS Training, please contact Brett Boston at (909) 469-5528 or go to the Office of Environmental Health and Safety. Here is a link to their website’s Safety Data Sheets.

You might think that Research Regulatory Affairs would involve chemical safety and hazardous waste. Rather, the Office of the Vice President oversees matters directly related to animal research, research applications, and researcher compliance with regulations related to other types of policies. Information here involves radiation safety, financial conflicts of interest in research, biosafety, and institutional animal care and use.

You can read the statement regarding matters of Financial Conflicts of Interest in Research in PDF.

New Research

If you are beginning new research, you might need to read the Radiation Safety Manual, or complete a protocol application form involving animal research (re-directs to the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee page).


Please take a look at the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) page for much more information and training on animal care and handling.

If you are looking for other forms you might find them under the Forms page or the Ongoing Research page.


The page was last updated on 10/22/2015