Rules and laws about work apply to researchers, clinicians and many others at UC San Francisco, and complying with them is of importance to avoid fines, penalties or negative publicity.
To help all faculty, staff and students at UCSF understand their role in compliance – and the best practices to maintain compliance – several departments across the University are holding events and activities for Compliance Week, which runs from Oct. 24 through Oct. 27. This year’s Compliance Week theme is “Building a Culture of Compliance.”
“UCSF’s success as a world-class health care organization depends upon maintaining our reputation of excellence and integrity,” said Eileen Kahaner, director of the UCSF Clinical Enterprise Compliance Program. “In a heavily regulated industry like ours, compliance partners help UCSF navigate our environment and avoid the fines, penalties or negative publicity that can distract us from achieving our mission.”
Medical records, IT privacy and security, patient safety, research integrity, diversity, and patient access are just a few of the areas that are covered by UCSF’s compliance.
The term “compliance” describes the ability to act according to an order, set of rules or a request. When UCSF and its faculty, staff and students are in compliance, it means they are following all applicable laws, regulations and policies. Another word mentioned in compliance conversations is “ethics.” Ethics is similar to compliance, but describes the behavior of doing the right thing in addition to following the rules.
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