Policies and Guidelines

Revised standards for Human Subjects-Related Research Visits during COVID-19

Before conducting in-person research with participants, please read The Revised Standards for Human Subjects Research.  In-person research may require additional review by the University COVID Safety Committee; this is separate from the IRB's review.  Questions?  Contact orp@psu.edu

Learn more on COVID-19 and human subjects research here.


Researcher guidelines are outlined in the Investigator Manual and Standard Operating Procedures in the CATS IRB Library (requires Penn State access account).

In addition, the following policies and guidelines give context to various regulations that impact IRB approval.

Federal Policies