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) 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 IPC is actively involved in Ohio State’s efforts to maintain accreditation for human subjects activity from the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP).

Useful Links for Human Research Protections