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Patient Protections

Office of Human Research Compliance

The overall mission of the Office of Human Research Compliance (OHRC) is to manage a comprehensive Human Research Protection Program at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).

The OHRC is also involved in the following boards and programs:

The OHRC accomplishes its mission by providing professional advice and leadership to NIEHS in the protection of human subjects participating in research through:

  • Maintaining compliance by providing clarification and guidance in interpreting the Federal Regulations for the protection of human subjects, 45CFR46 and 21CFR50 & 56; NIH and NIEHS policies and guidance; and state regulations and guidance.
  • Providing guidance to PIs during protocol development.
  • Managing the administration of the Pre-IRB Process.
  • Establishing educational and training programs with the goal of creating a culture of respect for and awareness of the rights and welfare of human research participants at NIEHS and its affiliated sites.
  • Maintaining a Quality Assurance and Improvement Program to audit, monitor and continually improve the quality of its human research protections.
  • Implementing and maintaining electronic resources and management systems for the NIEHS OHRC.
  • Giving guidance and serving as the NIEHS central point of contact during the AAHRPP accreditation process. After accreditation has been achieved, the OHRC will develop guidelines and internal processes to maintain accreditation.
Components of the NIEHS Office of Human Research Compliance are Regulatory Compliance, Guidance During Protocol Development, Pre-IRB Management, IRB Management, Education & Training, Quality Assurance & Improvement Program, Website & Management System, AAHHRPP Accreditation Program, all comprising the Culture of Protecting Human Subjects

Certificates of Confidentiality

NIEHS is committed protecting the confidentiality of all clinical study participants. For more information on how to acquire a certificate, see the Certificates of Confidentiality webpage.

OHRC Staff

Joan P. Packenham
Joan P. Packenham, Ph.D.
Director, NIEHS Office of Human Research Compliance (OHRC)

Tel 984-287-4413
Fax 919-541-9854
Jane Lambert
Jane M. Lambert
Institutional Review Board Administrator

Tel 984-287-4419
Fax 919-541-9854
Lynae Thomas
Lynae T. Baker, M.P.H.
Program Specialist

Tel 984-287-4414
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Christine B. Philput, Ph.D.
AAHRPP Accreditation & Quality Assurance Specialist

Tel 978-407-1348
Craig Wladyka
Craig Wladyka, M.P.A.
Institutional Review Board Protocol Coordinator

Tel 984-287-4425
Jaslyn Grullon
Jaslyn A. Grullon, M.P.H.
Scientific Program Analyst

Tel 984-287-4999

Submitting a Complaint to Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Complainants may submit allegations of noncompliance by email, mail, or fax to:

OHRP's Director of the Division of Compliance Oversight
Tel 240-453-6900
Fax 240-453-6909
1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 200
Rockville, Maryland, 20852

OHRP accepts complaints submitted anonymously, and asks complainants who identify themselves to OHRP whether OHRP may reveal their identity to the institution where the alleged noncompliance may have occurred.

If you have any questions, you may also contact OHRP at 240-453-6900 or visit the HHS OHRP webpage for more information.

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