The Human Research Protection Program (HRPP)

The Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) is the IRB office for the entire University and provides support for all Penn State researchers, including those at the College of Medicine and Penn State Health.  

HRPP News and Announcements   

RNI Updates:  The HRPP will enact changes to the RNI process in early July.  These changes are meant to reduce researcher burden while better aligning with regulatory requirements for external reporting. Please see the Investigator Manual in early July, attend an RNI Updates Zoom presentation, or view this informational video for more information.  

HRPP Updates Summer 2022:  The Human Research Protection Program hosts quarterly webinars for the Penn State University research community across all campuses. Faculty, staff, and students are all welcome to attend! These meetings will focus on HRPP updates and educational topics related to the IRB. Register here to attend the July 27th webinar at noon.

The HRPP announces an upcoming upgrade to the CATS IRB system; the upgrade is expected to be completed during fall semester 2022.  Learn more.

April 1, 2022: HRPP document updates in effect:  Learn more

Single IRB Fees: the HRPP is now charging fees to serve as the reviewing IRB for multi-center and cooperative projects that designate Penn State as the reviewing IRB.  Learn more

HRPP Review Times: Although the goal of the recent unification of the University's IRB programs is to lessen the burden on investigators, the current time from submission to pre-review of a submission by an IRB Analyst is approximately 8 business days. Read the article for more details.  An HRPP Advisory Committee has also been established: learn more.

HRPP Updates Sept. 2021: Learn more about changes to the IRB review process, including study personnel requirements and consent form templates.

Learn more about COVID-19 and human subjects research.

 

Getting Started

Learn if an IRB submission is required for your study and answer your questions about preparing submissions, required training, and the CATS IRB by reviewing our guides, videos, and training opportunities found under Training and ResourcesThe IRB 5 Basic Steps are a good starting point for a quick overview of the IRB submission process.

IRB Analysts

IRB Analysts are staff who help investigators prepare a submission for approval. At University Park, analysts are assigned based on the first initial of the PI’s last name. Please contact the appropriate IRB Analyst with questions, even if a protocol has not yet been submitted.

 

Future Participants

Find research studies accepting volunteers through Penn State’s StudyFinder website.

Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs symbol Click here to complete the IRB feedback survey at /irb/feedback

 

Upcoming Events

Thursday
Jun
30
10:30 AM

The RNI Updates presentation will inform researchers about the July 1, 2022 changes to the RNI reporting requirements. ... more

Via Zoom
Thursday
Jul
07
8:00 AM

The CATS IRB Submission training gives an overview of how to navigate CATS IRB and the steps to complete an IRB submission. This... more

Via Zoom
Wednesday
Jul
13
12:30 PM

Description: This is a Research Coordinator Series Workshop that we are now pleased to now offer to the entire Penn State research... more

Via Zoom
Wednesday
Jul
20
9:00 AM

The CATS IRB Submission training gives an overview of how to navigate CATS IRB and the steps to complete an IRB submission. This... more

Via Zoom
Friday
Aug
05
3:30 PM

The CATS IRB Submission training gives an overview of how to navigate CATS IRB and the steps to complete an IRB submission. This... more

Via Zoom
Monday
Aug
15
12:00 PM

The CATS IRB Submission training gives an overview of how to navigate CATS IRB and the steps to complete an IRB submission. This... more

Via Zoom