Welcome to the Northwestern University IRB Office
Our mission is to protect the rights and welfare of human research participants. We are governed by 45 Code of Federal Regulations Part 46 (45 CFR 46), Protection of Human Subjects that dictate the scope and purpose of Institutional Review Board (IRB) activities, and follow ethical principles for the conduct of human research.
The protection of research participants at Northwestern University is a shared responsibility, with the institution, researchers, IRB committees, and the IRB Office working together toward this common goal.
The IRB Office is primarily responsible for developing and directing the University’s Human Participant Protection Program (HRPP), which also involves other offices at Northwestern University. The HRPP's mission is to be a model program of excellence in protecting the rights and welfare of human participants involved in research.
Entities Who Comprise Northwestern University's HRPP Include: