The Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) and IRB support OSU’s commitment to research by working to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects who participate in research; promoting the ethical principles of respect for persons, beneficence, and justice; and by assisting the OSU community in ensuring compliance with the standards set forth in the Common Rule (45 CFR 46) by the Department of Health and Human Services.

All research projects involving human subjects must be submitted for IRB review. IRB approval for these projects must be granted prior to the initiation of any study activities, including recruitment or analysis of existing data.


Please note the HRPP continues to work through staffing changes and is experiencing delays in application review times and email responses. We are taking steps to reduce turnaround time and we will continue to provide information here.  If you are preparing a new submission, please review this information to ensure your application is “Review-ready” to facilitate a shorter turnaround time.

Focusing our Efforts: The IRB normally receives daily calls and emails for “status checks” and “rush” requests for submitted studies. Understandably, the volume of such calls and emails has increased as a result of the review delays, which in turn impacts our ability to devote time to processing your studies. Please allow at least 48 hours for us to respond to specific questions.


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