Office for Research Protections


The Office for Research Protections (ORP) is Penn State’s home for research ethics and compliance, where we partner with researchers to maintain the integrity of Penn State research.

Research Compliance Programs


The ORP oversees ACES (ACOR Certification and Education Series), the CITI program and SARI@PSU trainings on research ethics and compliance. We also offer in-person and online training for the submission of research to the IRB and IACUC. For training and requirements, see Education and Resources.




We maintain accreditation with the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) and the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP). These accreditations are voluntary, selective, and require we uphold rigorous ethical standards.


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