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CATS - Centralized Application Tracking System

CATS IRB has replaced PRAMS for IRB submissions beginning December 10, 2013 for the following units:

  • The College of Health and Human Development
  • The College of Nursing
  • The College of Medicine
  • Hershey Medical Center

All other campuses and colleges will begin using CATS-IRB on July 10, 2014.  Information about the all University go-live will be emailed to PRAMS users throughout June and July.

The CATS-IRB system simplifies the process and replaces the PRAMS system for IRB submissions while maintaining the quality of reviews and protecting human research subjects. CATS-IRB is the first phase of the larger CATS project, which will also transform processes and systems for animal (IACUC), biohazardous material (IBC), and radioactive isotope (UIC) research submissions. For more information regarding the CATS-IRB implementation and to sign up for training, visit

The IRB Library is used in conjunction with the CATS-IRB system. The library contains a set of policies, procedures, guidelines, checklists, worksheets, and templates that are fully compliant and incorporate maximum regulatory flexibility consistent with good compliance practice. The library also includes an "Investigator Manual" (HRP-103) which is designed to guide researchers through the policies and procedures related to the conduct of human subject research that are specific to The Pennsylvania State University. The documents contained within the library are comprehensive, brief, and easy to follow.  

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The Human Research Protection Program in the Office for Research Protections ensures compliance with Federal, state, and local regulations as well as institutional policies and procedures regarding the use of humans as participants in research.