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Human Research Protection Program

Human Research Protection (HRP) is responsible for administrative and regulatory support to the Drexel University Institutional Review Boards (IRB) and the University’s Human Research Protection Program.  HRP provides guidance to our IRB members, faculty, investigators and their research assistants regarding the responsible conduct of human research. Information about the IRB application process, investigator responsibilities, and scheduling of educational in-services and training can be found at the links below or by contacting our office at 215-762-3944 or

2017 Changes to the Common Rule

Please note, the Common Rule has changed, effective January 2017.  Please review our brief summary of changes, as well as our full summary for further details.

2017 New Consent Regulations

As if June 20, 2017, the PA Supreme Court ruled only physicians can obtain informed consent before performing medical procedures including clinical trials. The Court’s decision is limited to the major medical procedures enumerated in the MCARE Act, which requires physicians to obtain informed consent when performing major medical procedures. The Court did not extend its ruling to require physicians to obtain informed consent for routine or nonsurgical treatments.

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