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About the HRPP & IRB

Coordinating research with human participants

Together the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) and Institutional Review Board (IRB) safeguard the rights and welfare of human participants involved in research.

Human Research Protection Program (HRPP)

The HRPP is responsible for ensuring ethical conduct of research with human participants and compliance with state, federal, and international regulations.

HRPP review helps investigators conduct ethical research that complies with policies and regulations—notably those of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Overseen by the HRPP, the IRB is a presidential committee responsible for the review and approval of research activities at Washington State University that involve human participants. faculty researchers, clinicians, policy experts, and community members with varying backgrounds and range in technical expertise.

The IRB protects the rights and welfare of human participants in research to ensure that:

  • Physical, psychological, and social ethical standards are met to minimize embarrassment and stress, and to avoid harm or other negative effects.
  • Research complies with federal, state and university regulations, policies, and ethical principles regarding the health, welfare, safety, and rights of human subjects

IRB approval is required for all research activities involving human participants:

  • Whether conducted by WSU faculty, staff, or students
  • Regardless of the funding source or location
  • Prior to initiating any portion of the activity

Please refer to our web pages under “Policies and Resources” for more information.