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Research Involving Human Subjects

All activities defined as research by the PSU academic department from which the research proposal originates must be approved by the PSU Internal Review Board. Approval of proposed research being conducted by faculty or students which involves human research subjects is required prior to conducting research.

The PSU Institutional Review Board has been appointed to serve as the Internal Review Board at PSU. Below is a link to the PSU Institutional Review Board.

ALL proposed activities that involve or potentially involve humans as subjects of the research are reviewed by both the department and the Institutional Review Board (IRB). ALL proposed research involving human subjects must be properly documented.

It is recommended that all faculty and students proposing research involving human subjects apply for approval by the IRB 90 days prior to starting research, particularly if research will involve protected groups such as minors or international research.

Apply for approval of your proposed human subjects research by following the guidelines at - Research Involving Human Subjects.

Additional Resources for Research Involving Human Subjects

Protecting Human Research Participants NIH Training  PSU faculty, staff and students who are applying for expedited or full review of research involving human subjects must complete the NIH Protecting Human Research Participants On Line Training Program and submit the completion certificate with their application. It is also recommended that research methods courses include the training program.

PSU Assurance Handbook  The PSU PHRS Assurance Handbook contains PSU policies and procedures related to the Protection of Human Subjects Code of Federal Regulations and must be reviewed by all faculty, staff and students applying for expedited or full review of research involving human subjects.

Belmont Report  Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the protection of human subjects of research.

Federal Regulations  Protection of Human Subjects Code of Federal Regulations