Welcome to the University of Cincinnati Human Research Protection Program
The University of Cincinnati is committed to the highest standards of ethical conduct in our Human Research Protection Program (HRPP). The protection of human subjects participating in research is a shared responsibility of researchers and the institution. Our policies and standard operating procedures (SOPs) ensure that we act responsibly, ethically, and in compliance with federal, state, and local regulations. Below is a description of the various services we have in place to protect human participants.
The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a federally mandated committee comprised primarily of faculty researchers. The IRB reviews and oversees research that involves human participants in accordance with our Federalwide Assurance (FWA). The IRB is supported by Human Protection Administrators (HPAs) who facilitate the development and modification of protocols for IRB review.The IRB website contains information on the IRB, the protocol process, HIPAA waivers, forms, procedures, regulations, and FAQs.
Quality Assurance (QA) Monitoring is designed to ensure protection of study participants and also facilitate compliance. QA Monitoring is performed by Human Research Auditors who work with researchers to identify and rectify errors and/or omissions in research. All studies involving human subjects may be audited; however, emphasis is placed on studies with moderate to high risk to subjects, FDA regulated investigator initiated studies, studies involving vulnerable populations, studies for which there are or may be a conflict of interest, and studies where monitoring does not already occur. The QA Monitoring website contains information on FDA warning letters, regulatory mandates and policies, and FAQs.