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Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement

The Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement Program (QA/QI) is a unit within the Office of Research independent of the Institutional Review Board ( IRB), the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee ( IACUC), and all ¬†research related departments. The objectives of this group in no way conflicts with those of IRB, The Office of Human Research Protection (ORHP), IACUC, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), or the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC, Intl).and/or other regulatory agencies.

The QA/QI aims to promote a culture of compliance with the highest legal and ethical standards for the conduct of research. It is also committed to education of the Drexel and affiliates research community and outreach to collaborating institutions striving for research excellence.

QA/QI has free, unlimited and unrestricted access to all books, records, files, equipment, materials, property, systems and personnel of Drexel University and its subsidiaries during reviews of research related activities. To the degree that audit rights have been established, affiliates, partnerships, joint ventures, licensees, contractors, vendors, distributors, third parties or other operations are also subject to quality assurance/quality improvement review. The QA/QI team has the authority to recommend improvements, to monitor the implementation of approved recommendations and has the duty to report findings to the appropriate compliance committee, Institutional Official, and/or regulatory oversight agencies  when deemed applicable.

QA/QI's human subject research objective is twofold:

  1. To support institutional regulatory compliance
  2. To assist investigators in the human clinical research process

QA/QI's animal research objective is twofold:

  1. To support institutional animal welfare regulatory compliance
  2. To assist investigators in the humane use of animals in their research