Multiple Project Assurance

The NIH Multiple Project Assurance (MPA) is a public declaration by UCSB that commits you and all UCSB faculty, researchers, staff & students to comply with policies for the protection of human subjects before you begin your research and to continue until you have completed it.

The NIH MPA sets standards that will enable you to meet both ethical and legal requirements.  Failure to comply can delay research, harm subjects, and generate sanctions against a research investigator, a laboratory, a  research program, or the entire institution.

UCSB does not have a medical school, the facilities to conduct medical research nor the depth of medical expertise on the HSC required by the Office of Human Research Protections to review medical research. Thus UCSB's Assurance prohibits our Human Subjects Committee from reviewing and approving medical research.