Protection of Human Subjects in Research

To: UC Community

From: Scott Brandt, Vice Chancellor for Research and Kate Aja, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research

The Office of the President has issued major revisions to the Protection of Human Subjects in Research policy. The revised policy provides the following:

  • A new definition section for the Policy.
  • An explanation of the ethical principles that the University follows for Human Subjects Research.
  • A statement that the University’s commitment to Human Subjects applies to all Human Subjects Research in which the University is engaged, regardless of funding source or the institution that provided the Institutional Review Board (IRB) review.
  • An explanation that campuses may replace specific Common Rule requirements with commensurate protections for Human Subjects when the University is engaged in research that is not subject to the Common Rule (e.g., research that is not federally-funded or otherwise subject to federal oversight).
  • A description of the responsibilities of the campuses, IRBs, other oversight offices and committees, and researchers for compliance with this Policy.

Guidance information for Human Subjects Research and submitting for IRB review is located here. If you have any questions, please email the Office of Research Compliance Administration at