Human Subjects Protection Program

The University of Southern California is committed to the protection of human research participants in all biomedical and behavioral research conducted by or at USC or with university resources. The University adheres to ethical principles of The Nuremberg Code, The Belmont Report: Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Human Subjects of Research, and the Report of the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research.

The Human Subjects Protection Program (HSPP) consists of the OPRS and four Institutional Review Boards. These entities comply with existing regulations of the federal government (FDA, OHRP, OCR), state and local laws as well as institutional policies. This commitment to the protection of human participants applies to all University of Southern California research involving human participants regardless of whether the research is funded through the university, the federal government, a non-profit or industry sponsor and regardless of the location of the research.

OPRS sets policies for the conduct and review of human subjects research, furthers education at all levels of the Human Subject Protection Program, affects communication between all levels of the research community, and provides oversight of the USC IRBs.

The USC Institutional Review Boards (one on the University Park Campus and three on the Health Sciences Campus), overseen by OPRS,  review all research in accordance with ethical and regulatory best practices. These boards are composed of faculty, staff, students, and members of the community at large.

Among the achievements of USC and the HSPP are accreditation through the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs and assuring excellence for human subjects research programs across the university through the implementation of comprehensive Human Subjects Policies and Procedures. A university-wide research ethics program and continuing educational programs assures USC remains ahead of ever changing ethical and regulatory standards.

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