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Research Compliance

The Carle health system is committed to the highest standards of integrity in fulfilling its mission to serve people through high quality care, medical research and education. Carle conducts all research activities in accordance with strict ethical principles and in compliance with federal, state and institutional regulations and policies. Through services offered at the Stephens Family Clinical Research Institute (SFCRI), we are able to provide guidance and support to Carle investigators as they navigate city, state, and national laws and regulations, while maintaining standards of integrity, quality, and ethics.


Human Subjects Protection & IRB

Through the work of our Human Subjects Protection Program (HSPP), Carle assures the rights and welfare of human research participants while promoting research excellence. Discover how HSPP works in collaboration with clinical researchers to maintain an ethical and compliant research program.

Submissions for new projects requiring full board review are due by noon on the first Wednesday of each month.

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and the HITECH Act (2013) are federal laws governing the way certain health information is collected, maintained, used and disclosed by a covered entity. Carle, as a covered entity, is subject to these regulations.

Conflict of Interest

Carle is committed to ensuring financial interests, or other personal interests of investigators, do not compromise or appear to compromise the integrity of research performed at Carle. Read Carle's Research Conflict of Interest Policy.

Conflict of Interest Questions:
Email: ResearchCOI@carle.com
Phone: (217) 902-5392

Public Health Service Funded Research

As required by federal regulation, Public Health Service (PHS) funded investigators must disclose sponsored or reimbursed travel. 

Regulatory Guidance

The healthcare industry and the clinical environment are highly regulated. We have specialists available to provide comprehensive support to investigators, helping them navigate regulatory requirements.