Research Committees


Chemical Safety

The Chemical Safety Committee ensures that chemicals used at UCC are used and disposed of in such a manner as to minimize the health and safety risks to personnel, facilities, the environment, and the public and to assure compliance with UCC policies and federal as well as PR regulations.





Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

This committee meets at least twice a year (February and August) and is responsible for monitoring the Institution’s animal care and use program, performing the semiannual inspection (March and September) of the Institution’s animal use areas, and ensuring that there are no deviations from approved animal use protocols that adversely affect animal welfare. This committee is authorized to suspend an activity involving animals if it determines that the activity is not being conducted in accordance with applicable provisions of the Animal Welfare Act, the Guide, and the PHS Policy.

This committee also reviews and approves, requires modifications in, or withholds approval of all protocols related to the care and use of animals at the Universidad Central del Caribe.

Chair: Zilka Rios



Institutional Biosafety Committee

This committee is responsible for implementation of institutional policies and supervision of the disposition of biomedical waste following the federal and local regulations.

Chair: Hector Maldonado



Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Review all research that involves human subjects to ensure adherence to ethical standards.

Chair: Frances Garcia



Radiation Safety

The Radiation Safety Committee and the Radiation Safety Officer oversee all activity related to the use, receipt, storage and disposal of radioisotopes for research purposes at the institution and assure compliance with institutional, commonwealth and federal guidelines on radioisotope material used at the institution for research under U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Materials License #52-23059-01. The RSC also oversees a calibration service for radiation-monitoring instruments that is available to the public for a small charge. The current RSC Chairperson is Dr. Richard Hann, Dept. of Biochemistry (787-798-3001 x2031; Fax 787-786-6285) and the current RSO is Mr. David Rhoe (787-245-7248). Researchers interested in using radioisotopes at the institution need prior approval from the RSC and should contact the RSC Chairperson. Anyone interested in using the instrument calibration service should contact the RSO.

Chair: Richard Hann
RSO: David Rhoe



Institutional Research Committee

Advises on norms, regulations, policies and practices that foster and facilitate research. Evaluates policies that regulate research at UCC.