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Human Research Protection

Human Research Protection (HRP) is responsible for providing administrative and regulatory support to the Drexel University Institutional Review Boards (IRB) and the University's Human Research Protection Program. HRP provides guidance on the responsible conduct of human research to Drexel's IRB members, faculty, investigators and their research assistants. HRP guidance documents and forms ensure compliance to local, state and federal regulations.

As Drexel University investigator and research staff member working on a human subject's study, you are expected to follow the federal, state and university policies regarding the protection of human subjects. The operations manual outlines Drexel's policies and procedures in detail.

At a high level, investigators and research staff are responsible for:

  • Minimizing risk to subjects and protecting subject rights and welfare;
  • Securing IRB and other departmental or institutional regulatory approvals in advance of the research;
  • Obtaining and documenting informed consent: [HRP 090],[HRP 091];
  • Disclosing conflicts of interest;
  • Complying with sponsor-specific requirements as applicable; and 
  • Completing required training for the protection of human research subjects when applicable.

Institutional Review Board (IRB) Information

The Final Rule: Revised Common Rule (Final Rule)

On Wednesday, January 17, 2018, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued an Interim Final Rule delaying the implementation of the final revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (a.k.a. the "Common Rule") until July 19, 2018. National Institutes of Health (NIH) policy changes (e.g., single IRB of Record) remained on schedule and went into effect as of January 25, 2018.

Review details of the Impact of Final Rule Delay for Drexel University [DOCX].

Scheduling Educational In-Services

The Human Research Protection Office is available to present educational sessions for faculty, professional staff, research teams and students. Each session is tailored to the needs of the audience. Contact hrpp@drexel.edu to schedule a session.