The Office of Research Integrity and Protections (ORIP) is part of Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation administration. The mission of ORIP is to support Marshfield Clinic research programs by promoting the ethical conduct of scientific investigation and discovery, and by advocating for the rights and welfare of all involved in the research. ORIP has established, and now continually maintains, the following institutional committees to ensure that:
- Research is appropriately designed (Research Committee);
- The safety and welfare of human subjects is considered (Institutional Review Board);
- Employees working with Recombinant DNA or Biosafety Level 3 or 4 agents are protected (Biosafety Committee);
- Any conflicts of interest are eliminated or managed (Research Conflict of Interest Committee); and
- Research activities are monitored, education is provided, and corrective action is taken when necessary (Research Compliance Committee).
ORIP arranges for timely review of proposed research by the appropriate committee/board(s), and provides direction to investigators to prepare their applications for review. ORIP is also responsible for policy development and regulatory enforcement related to scientific misconduct and to the research aspects of the HIPAA Privacy rule. It assists MCRF offices and centers in developing research-related policies and procedures, and monitors for compliance with both institutional policies and federal regulations. ORIP also works with researchers and their staff to provide education, and to develop corrective and preventative action plans whenever necessary.