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  • 45 CFR 46- Code of Federal Regulation


  • AAALAC- Assoc. for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International
  • AAHRPP- Assoc. for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs
  • AALAS- American Assoc. for Laboratory Animal Science
  • AAMC- American Assoc of Medical Colleges
  • ABSL- Animal Biosafety Level
  • ACLAM- American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine
  • ACUC- Animal Care and Use Committee
  • AE- Adverse Event
  • ALARA- As Low As Reasonably Achieved
  • APHIS- Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA)
  • AU- Authorized User
  • AV- Attending Veterinarian
  • AVMA- American Veterinary Medical Association
  • AWA- Animal Welfare Act (1966)
  • AWAR- Animal Welfare Act Regulations
  • AWIS- Animal Welfare Information Center
  • AWRs- Animal Welfare Regulations (USDA)


  • BOV- Board of Visitors
  • BSL- Biosafety Level


  • CAAT- Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing
  • CCM- Center for Comparative Medicine
  • CDC- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • CFR- Code of Federal Regulations
  • CIRA- Center for Information on Research with Animals
  • CITI- Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative
  • CMC- Contaminated Materials Container
  • COI-Conflict of Interest
  • CIOMS- Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences
  • CRA- Clinical Research Associate
  • CRC- Clinical Research Coordinator
  • CRF- Case Report Form
  • CRIS- Current Research Information Service
  • CRO- Contract  Research Organization
  • CSA- Clinical Study Agreement
  • CRF- Case Report Form
  • CTC- Clinical Trials Coordinator
  • CTO- Clinical Trials Office*
  • CT(X)- Clinical Trial Exemption


  • DEA- Drug Enforcement Administration
  • DEQ- Department of Environmental Quality
  • DHEW- Dept. of Health, Education and Welfare
  • DHHS- Department of Health and Human Services
  • DIS- Decay in Storage
  • DOD- U.S. Department of Defense
  • DSMB- Data and Safety Monitoring Board
  • DSMC- Data and Safety Monitoring Committee


  • EHS- Environmental Health and Safety
  • EPA- Environmental Protection Agency


  • FDA- Food and Drug Administration
  • FOIA- Freedom of Information Act
  • FTE- Full Time Employee
  • FWA- Federal Wide Assurance


  • GCP- Good Clinical Practice
  • GCRC- General Clinical Research Center
  • GLP- Good Laboratory Practices
  • GMP- Good Manufacturing Practice


  • HEPA- High-Efficiency Particulate Air Filter
  • HHS- Health and Human Services
  • HIC- Human Investigation Committee(former name of HSR)
  • HIPAA- Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
  • HIRE- Human Investigations Involving Radiation Exposure (subcommittee of RSC)
  • HP- Health Physicist
  • HPA- Human Protections Administration


  • IACUC- Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
  • IBC- Institutional Biosafety Committee
  • ICH-GCP-  ICH Harmonised Tripartite Guideline for Good Clinical Practices
  • ICLAS- International Council for Laboratory Animal Sciences
  • ICMJE- International Committee of Medical Journal Editors
  • IDE- Investigational Device Exemptions
  • IDS- Dept. of Pharmacy Investigational Drug Service
  • ILAR- Institute for Laboratory Animal Research
  • IND- Investigational New Drug Application
  • IO- Institutional Official
  • IRB- Institutional Review Board
  • IRB-HSR- Institutional Review Board-Health Sciences Research
  • IT- Information Technology
  • ITC- Information Technology and Communications


  • LAR- Legally Authorized Representative
  • LATA- Laboratory Animal Training Association


  • MMR- Minor Modification Review
  • MPA-  Media Purchase Authorization Form
  • MTA- Material Transfer Agreement
  • MTD- Maximum Tolerated Dose
  • MTPCI- Multidisciplinary Training Program in Clinical Investigations


  • NABR- National Association for Biomedical Research
  • NBAC- National Bioethics Advisory Commission
  • NCI- National Cancer Institute
  • NCI-CIRB- National Cancer Institute Central Institutional Review Board
  • NCI-PCIRB- Nat. Cancer Inst.. Pediatric Central Inst. Review Board
  • NDA- New Drug Application
  • NGA- Notice of Grant Award
  • NIH- National Institutes of Health
  • NIH-NRSA- National Research Service Award
  • NLM- National Library of Medicine
  • NRC- Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • NRC- National Research Council
  • NSF- National Science Foundation


  • OEHS- Office of Environmental Health and Safety
  • OGA- Office of Grants and Contracts Administration
  • OHRP- Office for Human Research Protections
  • OLAW- Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (NIH)
  • OMB- Office of Management and Budget
  • ORI- Office of Research Integrity
  • OSHA- Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  • OSP- U.Va. Office of Sponsored Programs
  • OEHS- Office of Environmental Health and Safety


  • PHI- Protected Health Information
  • PHRP- Partnership for Human Research Protection, Inc.
  • PHS- Public Health Service
  • PI- Principal Investigator
  • PLA- Patent License Agreement
  • PMS- Payment Management System
  • PO- Purchase Order
  • PPE- Personal Protective Equipment
  • PRC- Protocol Review Committee- U.Va. Cancer Center
  • PRIMR- Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research


  • PTAO/PTAEO- Project Task Award Office


  • QC- Quality Control


  • RAC-  Research Advisory Committee
  • RCR- Responsible Conduct of Research
  • RCRA- Regional Clinical Research Associate
  • RMW- Regulated Medical Waste
  • RPE- Radiation Producing Equipment
  • RSC- Radiation Safety Committee
  • RSO- Radiation Safety Officer


  • SAE- Serious Adverse Event
  • SBS-IRB- Social and Behavioral Sciences Institutional Review Board
  • SCAW- Scientists Center for Animal Welfare
  • SMO- Site Management Organization
  • SOM- School of Medicine
  • * SOMCTO- School of Medicine Clinical Trials Office
  • SOMOGC- School of Medicine Office of Grants and Contracts Administration
  • SON- School of Nursing
  • SOP- Standard Operating Procedures
  • SRA- Society of Research Administrators


  • USDA- United States Department of Agriculture
  • U.Va.- University of Virginia
  • U.Va.-CC PRC- Cancer Center Protocol Review Committee


  • VDGIF- Virginia Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries
  • VPR- Office of the Vice President for Research


  • WHO- World Health Organization
  • WOCBP- Women of Child Bearing Potential
  • WVA- World Veterinary Association