University of Southern California

USC Policy

Faculty Issues

Date issued: August 15, 2008

Human Anatomic Materials Procurement

1. Introduction

Anatomical gifts are a critical element in supporting the university's research and education. The university is committed to respecting our promise to the donor and his or her family and ensuring that all aspects of the donation are handled with care and dignity. USC is committed to ensuring that human anatomical materials used for instructional, research or clinical purposes meet all regulatory and safety requirements. The university's Anatomic Gift Program (AGP) is intended to assist instructors, clinicians and investigators in meeting these requirements and serving university educational and research needs.

2. Policy and Procedure

2.1 Anatomical materials may not be procured, received, disposed of or otherwise provided to any university faculty member without appropriate records and documentation as determined by AGP.

2.2. Faculty, staff and students may not procure, receive, or dispose of anatomical materials from any source other than through the AGP, or its approved outside vendors.

2.3 Requests for anatomical materials must be made to the AGP in a timely manner, at least six (6) weeks prior to the time that such materials are needed.

2.4 The AGP will provide materials as supply permits. Degree-conferring programs that require materials will receive first priority. All other requests will be met based on availability. If demand exceeds supply, the AGP Committee will determine the order of priority.

2.5 In the event that AGP does not have anatomical materials readily available, the AGP will make arrangements to obtain the materials through an approved vendor.

2.6 The appropriate Chair or Dean also must approve the request for anatomical materials in writing. Please contact the AGP for a standard form that can be used for this purpose.

2.7 Payment arrangements must be made in advance of procurement. Please contact the Director of AGP, to determine costs and availability and to assure timely delivery. The service cost of providing the materials will be determined at the time an order is placed and will depend on specific requirements and availability.

2.8 Any research protocols involving human anatomical materials must be submitted to the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) for review and approval prior to commencement of the project.

Responsible Office

Anatomic Gift Program

(323) 442-1191

Issued by

Chrysostomos L. Nikias, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Todd R. Dickey, Senior Vice President for Administration
University of Southern California

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