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Research Compliance

Human Studies Program Response to COVID-19

Updated MARCH 2021: Currently, the City and County of Honolulu holds the impact level to Tier 3, (our equivalent impact level YELLOW). Please see the following links for the City and County’s statistics and tier status: Statistics ; Tier Status

Starting on Thursday, March 11, 2021 the IRB impact level for in-person research will be YELLOW. See COVID-19 response page for updated guidance.

Click here for COVID-19 guidance and required forms

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

Human Studies Announcements

2021 IRB Calendar Now Available

University of Hawai‘iResearch ComplianceNow Available: 2021 IRB Meeting and Deadline Calendar Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation About UH Research and...

UH Earns AAHRPP Re-Accreditation

University of Hawai‘iResearch Compliance On, March 15, 2020, the UH System was re-accredited for five years by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection...