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Human Subjects Research (HRPP/IRB)

Does Your Study Require IRB Review?

A research project must fulfill BOTH definitions of research and human subjects to require IRB review. If, after reading the definition of human subjects research (HSR), you are not sure if you need IRB review, please complete the Human Subjects Research (HSR) Determination Form for determination. Nonetheless, DU investigators are encouraged to submit their proposed research to the ORIE for determination of ethical and regulatory review requirements. The ORIE will provide the necessary documentation by issuing a formal letter for professional and academic endeavors.

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Definition of Human Subjects Research (HSR)

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Examples and Guidance

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Human Subjects Research (HSR) Determination Form

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