The overarching mission of the Indiana University Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) is to protect the rights and welfare of human research participants recruited to participate in research conducted under the auspices of Indiana University. Rather than ensuring mere compliance with the federal regulations, IU's HRPP, consisting primarily of the Human Subjects Office and the IU Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), strives to adhere to the highest ethical standards in its protection of human research participants and seeks to further develop the methods and mechanisms for protecting human research participants. To meet this mission, the HRPP in collaboration with the IU research community seeks to:
- Create an atmosphere of respect for, and awareness of, the rights and welfare of human research participants at IU and its affiliated organizations.
- Continue to inform established researchers about the application of the federal regulations and ethical principles to their particular area of research in an effort to keep researchers current with evolving standards.
- Educate students, faculty, and staff who conduct research about the ethical principles and federal regulations guiding research with humans.
- Assess the effectiveness of the Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) in their review of research activities, facilitation of compliance of researchers with the federal regulations, and protection of research participants.
- Develop new approaches that better serve the overarching mission of the HRPP, such as state-of-the-art educational materials, more efficient methods for processing applications, tracking and monitoring research activities, and assessing the overall effectiveness of the HRPP.
The IU IRBs and their affiliated organizations are responsible for the review and approval of all research involving human subjects conducted under the auspices of these institutions. These boards are charged with protecting the rights and welfare of human research subjects recruited to participate in research activities and to ensure compliance with applicable University and organizational policies and federal regulations.
The boards are responsible for reviewing all research projects involving human subjects that are conducted at these institutions' facilities or property; are sponsored by these institutions; are conducted by or under the direction of any employees or agents of these institutions in connection with their institutional responsibilities; or involves the use of these institutions' non-public information to identify or contact human research subjects or prospective subjects. In addition, the IRBs may be asked by organizational officials to review research protocols on behalf of other institutions with which they have formal affiliation agreements.