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Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP)


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The Division of Education and Development:

  1. Produces and coordinates conferences focusing on issues in human subjects protection;
  2. Develops and conducts quality improvement activities to improve human research protection programs;
  3. Promotes cooperative education and development efforts among external groups and consortia to improve human subjects protections and related processes;
  4. Responds to requests for clarification and guidance regarding ethical issues in biomedical and behavioral research involving human subjects;
  5. Provides technical assistance to institutions engaged in HHS-conducted or -sponsored research involving human subjects; and,
  6. Maintains, promulgates, and updates educational and institutional review guidance materials.

Educational Activities

The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) Division of Education and Development provides a multifaceted education program, The OHRP education program includes:

National Conferences - OHRP sponsors a number of National Conferences each year. A workshop is a comprehensive two-day program focusing on regulatory and ethical issues pertaining to the protection of human subjects in research. OHRP jointly develops the workshop program with a host institution. For information on hosting a future OHRP-sponsored National Workshop, please contact Ms. Darlene Ross at

For more information regarding upcoming National Conferences visit:

Research Community Forums - Each year OHRP sponsors a number of Research Community Forums. This event is a one-day program. OHRP works with a host institution to plan an agenda of interest to research institutions in the regional area. An on-site Regional Community Forum may be augmented with a videoconference linked to OHRP for a question and answer session. For information on hosting a future Research Community Forum, please contact Ms. Darlene Ross at For more information regarding up coming Research Community Forums visit:

Quality Improvement Program - OHRP's Quality Improvement Program (QIP) is intended to help institutions evaluate and improve the quality of their human research protections program. Institutions may do a self-assessment utilizing the QA Self-Assessment Tool. In addition, institutions may contact OHRP to request a QA consultation. For more information on the QIP, click here.

Speaking Invitations - OHRP staff participate in numerous meetings (conferences and seminars) sponsored by institutions, professional associations, private industry, patient advocacy groups and the federal government. OHRP's new state-of-the-art videoconferencing equipment offers OHRP staff greater opportunity to participate in meetings via videoconference. Please send all speaking invitations to Elyse Summers at

OHRP Website - The OHRP website provides numerous resources regarding human subject protections. See Policy Guidance for HHS regulations, OHRP guidance materials and informed consent information.

OHRP Email Box - Questions regarding the HHS human subject protection regulations, OHRP guidance or ethical issues related to human subject research may be sent to OHRP via email. The Division of Education and Development staff responds to questions sent to the OHRP email box.

The OHRP email address is:


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Last revised: April 15, 2008


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