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May 16, 2013

Research Quality Assurance Unit offers services to researchers

Researchers at Purdue can obtain assistance from the Research Quality Assurance Unit (RQAU) within the Office of the Vice President for Research.

Formed in August 2011, the RQAU, which is part of the Research Integrity and Regulatory Affairs group, was created to review and enhance Purdue's research administration and research regulatory compliance practices and provide leadership when conducting comprehensive reviews of the University's research compliance activities.

Due to the increase in number, size and complexity of sponsored projects awarded to Purdue researchers, the RQAU was established to provide services to the research community and to suggest improvements to processes and procedures. The services that the RQAU unit provides to the research community are as follows:

* Review financial grant management processes.

* Review research regulation compliance processes (IRB, PACUC, IBC).

* Assist faculty principal investigators to evaluate efficacy of regulatory responsibilities.

* Assist with implementation of improvements in processes and procedures.

* Develop best practice training materials.

* Provide training, training materials, Quick Reference Sheet (QRS), etc.

* Coordinate the response to audits and be a liaison with auditors.

The RQAU does not assume the duties of the operational regulatory or business areas, and all ongoing compliance and sponsored program support activities continue in their existing support structures. 

For more information or to request assistance, contact Mike Szczepanski, RQAU director, at mikes@purdue.edu, 49-66653, or Young Hall, Room 749. The RQAU website is at www.purdue.edu/research/vpr/rschadmin/qa/index.php.