Human Subjects Protection Program & IRBs

About the Human Subjects Protection Program and IRBs

The mission of the Human Subjects Protection Program (HSPP) is to support the University's research enterprise by ensuring the protection of individuals who participate in research; ensuring compliance with all pertinent federal and state laws and regulations; fostering the ethical conduct of human subjects research; and providing education and other services related to regulatory requirements and best practices to Rutgers researchers.

An Institutional Review Board (IRB) ensures the protection of the rights and welfare of human research subjects based on the rules and regulations of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Department of Health and Human Services (specifically Office for Human Research Protections) by approving, requiring modifications in, or disapproving Human Subject Research projects.

Active Studies
Clinical Trials
Active Human Subject Researchers

External IRBs

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*When a Non-Rutgers IRB is used to oversee a research study.

*When Rutgers IRB is collaborating with another Institution or Investigator.


Rutgers HSPP Toolkit

Review External IRB related Toolkit documents.

Independent / Commercial IRBs

Information about using a Non-Rutgers IRB for approval.

Reliance Agreements / Single IRB

Required agreement to set the terms of IRB Approval between the Rutgers IRB and another Institution(s).


Use the SMART IRB platform to request, track, and document study-specific reliance arrangements using a national master agreement that allows institutions to avoid having to negotiate individual agreement per study or group of studies. SMART IRB a web platform, not an IRB.