Human Research Protection Program

The University of Georgia is committed to protecting the rights, welfare and privacy of individuals who participate in research activities conducted by the university or under its auspices. In order to fulfill this commitment, the University has established the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) as a university-wide program under the Office of Research. UGA conducts human subject research under a registered Federal-Wide Assurance with the Office of Human Research Protections, #00003901.


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As a demonstration our commitment to the highest ethical standards in the protection of human research participants, the University of Georgia received accreditation of its Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) through the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP).

HRPP Accreditation Seal

Important Announcements

The Human Subjects Office is closed 12/17/2021-1/3/2022 per the UGA Holiday Schedule. If you are a researcher or a research subject and have a medical emergency/adverse event to report, please call 911 and seek care. Follow up by calling 706-542-3199 to report the incident.

New Research Submissions: Due to recent staff turnover in the Human Subjects Office, coupled with a high volume of submissions, current turnaround times for IRB reviews are, unfortunately, longer than we’d like them to be.

UGA has partnered with Sterling IRB and WCG IRB to ensure continuity of service for new research. If you are conducting non-exempt research or funded exempt research, your study should be submitted to one of the external IRBs.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. It’s our hope that we can soon return to reviewing 100% of IRB submissions locally at UGA.

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