University of Hawai‘i
Research Compliance

Human Studies Program Response to COVID-19

Updated September 2020: Due to an increase in the rate of COVID-19 in Hawai‘i, the UH Human Studies Program (HSP) is moving the COVID-19 Impact Status (chart above) to RED and once again issuing restrictions on human research involving in-person contact.  Researchers were previously required to submit a Safety Plan to the HSP and must now implement the measures proposed for “RED” status. See COVID-19 response page for updated guidance.

Click here for COVID-19 guidance and required forms

COVID-19 Response, previous update: July 2020

Updated July 2020: While COVID-19 previously forced the suspension of most human research involving in-person contact at the University of Hawai‘i, the Human Studies Program has now developed guidance on safely ramping up research involving face-to-face interaction. Researchers proposing to resume, (or start) in-person research procedures will need to meet certain requirements, based on the current COVID-19 Impact Status (chart above). See COVID-19 response page for updated guidance.

What is the Human Studies Program?

The Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) is an institutional-wide program administered by the UH Human Studies Program (HSP) under the Office of Research Compliance. The HSP works together with the UH research community to ensure the health, welfare, rights, and dignity of people who participate in UH research. The HSP provides guidance and administrative support to its three UH Institutional Review Boards.

UH Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

As part of the HRPP, the primary goal of the UH IRBs is to protect the rights and welfare of individuals recruited to participate in research activities conducted under the auspices of the University of Hawai‘i.

Institutional Review Board

Researcher Responsibilities

As a UH investigator or research staff working on a human research study, you are expected to follow the federal, state, and university policies regarding the protection of research participants. The Investigator’s Handbook will help guide you through the policies and procedures related to the ethical conduct of human research.

HSP Program Information

The UH HRPP is accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP)

Grant application information:
The UH HRPP has filed an Assurance with the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP). Assurance number FWA3526. Expiration date: February 2, 2022

HSP Updates

08/17/2020
A recent software update has caused some users to not be able to access eProtocol. If you receive a message similar to “NOT FOUND,” please do the following:

  • Restart your computer (this step alone has worked for some), and clear your browser cache.
  • If the problem persists, contact HSP.

01/02/2019
Now Available: 2020 IRB Meeting and Deadline Calendar

08/29/2018
Revised Common Rule Update: Posting Clinical Trial Consent Forms
Federal websites have been identified that will satisfy the revised Common Rule (also known as the “2018 Rule”) requirement to publicly post clinical trial consent forms (45 CFR 46.116(h)). More information may be found here.

06/27/2017
UH Receives Human Research Protection Accreditation
The University of Hawaiʻi is now recognized as a top research institution that follows rigorous standards for ethics, quality and protections while conducting human research—and becomes the first research organization in the state to be awarded this highly regarded status.
https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2017/06/27/aahrpp-accreditation/