Do you feel like you do not have enough information, or maybe you do not understand a complex problem? Perhaps you are not quite sure how 14C-labeled Staphylococcus aureus will infect guinea pigs as compared to humans. Very few people do!
Not only is this kind of experimentation quite complex, but the regulatory requirements for this kind of research are equally as complex requiring not only properly staffed facilities, but also animal housing units, radioactive decay storage, and consented and informed volunteers. Before this type of research can even commence, protocols detailing the work must be submitted to several institutional committees including the IRB (Institutional Review Board, for human studies), IACUC (Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee for animal studies), IBC (Institutional Biosafety Committee for bacteria use) and the IRC (Institutional Radiosaftey Committee for radioactive material use) committees for approval.
Fortunately, through the Linkages tab, protocols from each of these respective modules (Human Studies, Animal Studies, Environmental Health and Safety) can be linked together for reference.
The Animal Facilities Module (AFM) views a Laboratory Animal protocol after it has been approved, and AFM also has the capability to view linked EHS attachments. While sharing of eForms and attachments is not yet linked (between compliance modules), administrators can get an overview of each other’s statuses regarding approvals after linking. This linkage is visible from both sides of a linked protocol. Multiple interdependencies like these exist as research becomes more complex and tools for performing these research activities evolve. As an integrated suite of products, the InfoEd Compliance modules work together to promote and track multifaceted research.