Human Research Protections

Office of Responsible Research Practices

The Office of Responsible Research Practices (ORRP) provides administrative support to the university research community and the review boards responsible for research oversight. ORRP provides assistance in obtaining committee approvals to perform research involving human subjects. ORRP also assists in the navigation of federal, state, and university regulations governing research in a way that fosters ethical conduct and ensures compliance, while minimizing administrative burdens. In addition, ORRP provides educational programming in support of the responsible conduct of research and supports the operations of the Institutional Review Boards (IRBs).

Institutional Review Boards

The Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) review human subjects research protocols to ensure adequate protections are in place before humans participate in research. Ohio State has three internal IRBs (Behavioral and Social Sciences IRB, Biomedical IRB, and the Cancer IRB) and one contract board (Western IRB) that reviews industry-sponsored clinical trials.

IRB Policy Committee

The IRB Policy Committee (IPC), appointed by the vice president for research and/or the senior associate vice president for research, supports faculty efforts in research involving human subjects. The committee develops recommended policies and administrative procedures for all of the IRBs at Ohio State. The IPC also supports the educational, quality improvement, and outreach activities of the Human Research Protections Program.

The voting members of the IPC are the chairs and vice-chairs of the Biomedical, Cancer, and Behavioral and Social Sciences IRBs, three at-large faculty members, and the director of ORRP. Representatives from the Office of Research, the Office of Research Compliance, the Office of Sponsored Programs, and ORRP participate as non-voting advisory members.

The IPC was very actively involved in Ohio State’s successful effort to attain accreditation for human subjects activity from the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP).

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