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 investigators, key research personnel, 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.
Institutional Review Board (IRB)
Human subjects research at the University of Cincinnati is conducted according to a Federalwide Assurance (FWA), unless exempt. The FWA requires that research proposals be reviewed by a convened committee known as the IRB, and the committee is supported by HRPP staff. The IRB website contains information on the IRB, the protocol process, HIPAA waivers, forms orientation, procedures, regulations, and FAQs.
Quality Assurance Activities
Quality Assurance Activities are designed to ensure protection of research participants and also facilitate and enhance the highest quality of research. This service is designated to improve the quality of research by detecting errors and/or omissions that might occur when performing research activities. All studies may be audited for quality assurance with the emphasis on studies with moderate to high risk to subjects, 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 Quality Assurance Activities website contains information on FDA warning letters, regulatory mandates, and policies, and FAQs.