Continuous Quality Improvement

USC is committed to conducting its biomedical and social behavioral human research while adhering faithfully to ethical and regulatory standards.  The Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) program serves to maintain the commitment and obligation to protect human subjects.  The USC Human Subjects Protection Program (HSPP) is a nationally recognized leader in introducing policy and practice to increase patient safety. The program meets all required standards for full accreditation from the Association for the Accreditation of Human Subjects Protection Programs (AAHRPP).

Continuous Quality Improvement Efforts

Creative Compliance: CQI Efforts Snapshot

OPRS provides many resources that facilitate the effort to maintain research integrity and compliance with regulatory requirements.

Comprehensive CQI Program

Program activities include on-site study audits, education and training session for faculty and staff, and policy updates. Ongoing evaluations and surveys identify areas of need and improve collaboration and communication with researchers.

USC Flexibility Policy

Studies that pose no-greater-than-minimal-risk and meet funding criteria are the focus of this innovative policy.  It has served to reduce regulatory burden while equally protecting  human research participants.