University of Southern California


Policies & Procedures

The Clinical Trials Office has created and compiled materials for research investigators about the processes, resources, and references available.

PI Pre-Negotiation Interview Form

Research Policies

Human Subjects, Animals Subjects, Environemtnal Health & Safety 

Effort, Conflict of Interest, Intellectual Property

 Process for Agreements

Clinical Trial Agreement Process                   Confidentiality Agreement Process

                                                                 CDA Process


Medical Coverage Analysis Process (Non-Industry)


Clinical Trials Office Billing & Fees

Fee Schedule Frequently Used Fees
CTO Overhead CTO Billing FAQ

Investigational Drugs
The investigational drug service prepares and dispenses medications used on approved clinical trials, both for Keck Medical Center and LA County+USC Medical Center.

For further information, contact  or call (323) 865-3538.

Research at LAC

Effective April 1, 2015, USC and LAC+USC have established the following procedures for the conduct of clinical research by USC workforce members at LAC+USC.

IRB Approval: Protocols submitted to the USC IRB that propose access to LA County patients, patient records, services or other resources will be forwarded by the IRB to LAC+USC for review.

• Medicare Coverage Analysis (MCA) and Charges for Services: MCA and review of budgets will be conducted by the USC Clinical Trials Office using standard procedures. When LAC+USC is identified as a location for services, costs of clinical services will be based on the LAC+USC charge master.

• Research Order Forms: A Research Order Form (ROF) for LAC+USC mirrors the one currently used by the USC CTO.

• Requesting Services: When obtaining services at LAC+USC, Study Teams must utilize the following steps:

1. Download the study-specific ROF from TRUE when requesting any and all study-related services from LAC+USC using standard hospital order forms (or, in the future, through the LAC+USC EHR). Do not make copies of the ROF, they are not legible when faxing or emailing to LAC+USC.

2. Check “LAC” to identify the services were ordered at LAC+USC Medical Center

3. Each ROF must be legible. If the ROF is not legible, please contact CTO to provide a multi-page ROF.

4. Any handwritten instructions on the ROF must be legible. Services should only be written on the ROF, if they are medically necessary and should be billed to the Sponsor.

5. Email the legible ROF to LAC+USC Expenditure Management Office:
To:  Mindy Wang
Cc: Maria Renteria and Kathy Bustos

• Payment for Services: Upon receipt of a ROF, LAC+USC, Expenditure Management staff will verify that services were provided and bill USC’s Sponsored Projects Accounting for those services. SPA will bill the appropriate study account.

Research Calendar

Submit an Event

How to submit your event

See all events in the USC Research Calendar.