Human Subjects Protection Program (HSPP)

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Upcoming Single IRB Requirements For Federally Funded Human Subjects Research Studies:

Begins 1/21/2020

As of January 21, 2020 “ALL” federally funded collaborative human subject research projects will require the use of a Single IRB (not just NIH funded). 

If you will be submitting a federally funded grant proposal, that will include collaborative Human Subjects Research, you will need to obtain the IRB’s determination regarding who will serve as the IRB of record at least six weeks in advance of submission.

For additional information regarding the process of determining who will be the IRB of record and how to properly include IRB fees in your budget, please contact:

Conversion of ArtSci IRB Paper Studies Into The eIRB System
Will Be Required Starting January 22, 2020
Arts and Sciences IRB Paper-based Full Board or Expedited studies due for continuing review on or after January 22, 2020 will be required to transition to eIRB (online submission system) rather than renewing in their current paper format. Please be advised the IRB requires that studies are submitted in eIRB approximately 90 days prior to the expiration date due to the time needed for the Committee review. (View Announcement; View Instructions)


Looking to validate and strengthen its protections for its research subjects, Rutgers University has initiated the AAHRPP (Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs) accreditation process. AAHRPP promotes high-quality research through an accreditation process for organizations worldwide. In order to earn accreditation, organizations must provide tangible evidence of their commitment to scientifically and ethically sound research and to continuous improvement. (View Announcement)
The mission of the Human Subjects Protection Program (HSPP) is to support the University's research enterprise by ensuring the protection of individuals who participate in research; ensuring compliance with all pertinent federal and state laws and regulations; fostering the ethical conduct of human subjects research; and providing education and other services to the University's researchers regarding regulatory requirements and best practices.
The Institutional Review Board (IRB) process is based on the rules and regulations of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Department of Health and Human Services (specifically Office for Human Research Protections) which require an IRB to approve, require modifications in planned research prior to approval, or disapprove research.
The HSPP contains nine Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) and a Quality Assurance and Development Unit.