Safely Conducting In-Person Research (July, 2023)
In response to the ongoing risk of respiratory disease transmission such as COVID-19 and RSV, the UH Human Studies Program continues to require a Safety Plan for all research proposing in-person interaction with participants to help prevent the spread of disease in our community.
This replaces the prior COVID-19 pandemic safety requirements. The prior color-coded impact levels have been removed. In addition to a Safety Plan, new studies will need to use revised consent form templates that have been updated to include a risk statement regarding in-person interaction safety.
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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.
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.
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: December 1, 2026.