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.

The ethical and regulatory requirements of the HRPP apply to all research regardless of funding, and to all individuals and components of the program.

The HRPP is not an office, but rather the collective effort by all of the components that participate in the conduct, review, approval, education, quality improvement, and facilitation of human research at UGA to ensure that UGA complies with all applicable federal, state, and local regulations and requirements.The major components of the HRPP are the Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), the Human Subjects Office (HSO), the University, and the researchers.

Human Research Protection Program Plan

The HRPP Plan describes UGA’s commitment to comply with ethical and legal requirements for the conduct of human research.  It provides detailed information about the organization, scope, authority, various components, and responsibilities associated with the HRPP for the research community at UGA.

Policies and Procedures

The UGA HRPP’s Policies and Procedures (P&Ps) govern the conduct and review of all human research conducted under the auspices of the University.  These P&Ps are available as Topical and Alphabetical listings.

Human Subjects Office

The Human Subjects Office (HSO) assists UGA faculty, staff, and students in meeting the highest ethical and professional standards when conducting research with human subjects.

Institutional Review Board

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is the research oversight committee charged with ensuring that human subjects research is conducted in compliance with the applicable federal, state, and institutional policies and procedures.

Investigator Manual

The Investigator Manual guides investigators through the policies and procedures relating to research with human participants.