UCI hSCRO Frequently Asked Questions


I would like to use adult stem cells in my research. Do I need hSCRO approval?

The use of adult tissue specific stem cells, such as hematopoietic cells or mesenchymal cells, does not require UCI hSCRO approval UNLESS such cells have been shown to, or are being induced to differentiate into the three major germ lines.

I would like to use a line from the NIH registry (H1, H9, etc.). Do I need hSCRO approval?


I’m not doing in vivo research. Do I need hSCRO approval?


How do I know what type of Provenance Documentation I need to provide?

Please review the Provenance Guidance Document, and if you have questions please contact the hSCRO Administrator at or campus extension 4-3711.

How often does the hSCRO Committee Meet?

The Full Committee meets once per month on the first Thursday. The schedule of deadlines and meeting dates can be found on the ORA Calendar.

Do I have to submit my protocol for review annually?

Yes. The Continuation Application must be submitted annually, usually one full deadline before the expiration date.

I have an undergraduate working in my lab, but only a few hours a week. Do I have to add them to my protocol?

If the student is actively participating in stem cell research you must add them to your protocol.

Can I request an Annual Review during a Modification Request?

Yes, if you are submitting a Full Committee Modification Request you may also request an Annual Review at the time even. It is not recommended to submit a Full Committee Modification Request if your protocol expiration is nearing as the Modification Request may be Tabled causing the protocol to expire.

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