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.
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).
The Human Research Protection Program is working on guidance for ongoing in-person research conducted during the pandemic that was subject to institutional requirements for COVID-19 protections. This guidance will be available for UGA researchers by June 30, 2021. Until then, please consider the following interim guidance:
New Submissions: If you are preparing a new submission to be submitted to the IRB, COVID-19 will not be part of the risk/benefit assessment. Thus, the IRB will not require any materials or procedures related to COVID-19. When conceptualizing and ultimately conducting your study, please follow guidance and policies from the CDC, UGA, and/or guidance that is specific to the area or venue in which you are conducting research (e.g., hospitals, schools, long-term care facilities). See the Standard Protections Audit for more detailed information.