Clinical Research Standard Operating Procedures

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) help researchers conduct quality human-subject research more efficiently and in compliance with laws and regulations. SOPs are primarily written by the Clinical Research Quality (CRQ), then approved by the School of Medicine’s Research Office. Their objective is to clarify regulations and policies that are implicitly agreed upon when signing IRB approvals and clinical trial agreements.

Environmental Health and Safety 

Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) is the principal health and safety office at Stanford University. The Laboratory Safety Staff provide specialized lab safety consultations on chemical and physical hazards, as well as compliance support. They also publish Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), detailed instructions on how to perform a process or experiment safely and effectively. These cover uses of chemicals, use of equipment and machinery, and safety processes performed on campus.

Human Subjects Research and the Institutional Review Board

Stanford’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee that reviews research involving human subjects, to ensure the ethical and equitable treatment of those subjects, according to federal regulations, state laws, and institutional policy. The IRB can approve, require changes, or reject research that doesn’t comply with these guidelines.

Research Policy Handbook- DoResearch

The Research Policy Handbook is a collection of policies, guidelines and general information related to the conduct of research at Stanford University. It delineates the roles and responsibilities of principal investigators and includes guidance on research that involves stem cells, lab animals, export controls, intellect property, and more.

University IT- Information Security Office 

The Information Security Office (ISO) orchestrates and provides services to protect the information assets that are important to Stanford and our patients. Its security team provides specialized tools for computer firewall management, sending large file securely, network anomaly monitoring, encrypted flash drives, onboarding for high risk communities (hospital residents and Med School trainees), and coordination of security activities within Stanford Medicine.

University Privacy Office

The Stanford University Privacy Office works with parties across the Stanford community to protect the integrity of data collected, created, transmitted, released and stored by Stanford affiliates and entities.  In support of this mission, the staff works with stakeholders throughout the Stanford community to provide training, guidance and consultations on applicable privacy laws and regulations.  

Helpful Resources

Office of Clinical Research Quality

Policy Updates

  • – COVID-19

    Updated guidance for face coverings on Stanford campuses and facilities

    This message includes guidance for wearing face coverings in Stanford facilities located in the City of Palo Alto that take effect at noon on May 13, 2020. In addition, the message updates guidance on wearing face coverings in other parts of the main campus.

  • – Research Recovery

    Research Recovery | CardinalRecovery

    This Research Recovery Handbook focuses on guidance for a return to research at Stanford. It currently covers laboratories, libraries, field research, clinical and non-clinical human subjects research and research offices, and will be expanded for other areas of scholarship and updated as conditions develop. Recent Updates Research Stage 3 (effective June 26, 2021) Undergraduate Research…

  • – COVID-19

    Update on university-sponsored Stanford travel policy

    University-sponsored travel remains restricted through at least the end of Summer Quarter 2021.