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.

Attention UGA Research Community

New regulations (Final Rule) for protection of human research will be effective January 21, 2019.  The changes to the Final Rule will necessitate changes to the IRB submission portal, templates, and policies.  Learn more on the Human Subjects Office page.

Doing research in the European Union?  Check out the new regulation and institutional policy on the EITS website.  Call or email the Human Subjects Office for more information.

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.

Investigator Manual

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