Human Research Protection Program Compliance
The University's policy on Human Research Protection Program Compliance (HRPP) sets forth Northwestern's commitment to protecting the rights and welfare of human research participants and establishes the framework for the University's Human Research Protection Program (HRPP).
Human Research Protection Program Plan
The Human Research Protection Program Plan (HRP-101) describes how the University complies with the ethical and legal requirements in the conduct of research with human participants.
The Investigator Manual (HRP-103) is designed to guide investigators through the policies and procedures relating to research with human participants.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Research addresses the role of the University and the University’s IRB with respect to HIPAA obligations.
Post-approval Monitoring and For-cause Audits
Post-approval monitoring and/or for-cause audits provide internal oversight on compliance issues relating to the conduct of human subject research on behalf of the Northwestern University Institutional Review Board (IRB). All active human subject research studies under the purview of the Northwestern University IRB can be chosen for review. Information about the IRB Office’s Post-Approval Monitoring and For-Cause Auditing program.
Many federal agencies have specific regulations or requirements with regard to research with human participants. Additional information may be found here: Regulatory Agencies
FERPA & Student Health Records
General Data Protection regulations (GDPR)
GDPR, or Regulation (EU) 2016/6793 of the European Parliament and of the Council, is an EU legislation that protects natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data. Guidance for General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) compliance in the conduct of human research.
Deception and Incomplete Disclosure
Mobile Apps and Mobile Medical Apps
Research Using Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk)
MTurk "workers" (participants) created the following guidance for researchers to consider before using the site: Guidelines for Principal Investigators
Registry Best Practices
A registry is a list or database of participants that multiple investigators will use in the future. A registry requires IRB approval as an independent project. Please consult the IRB Office's Registry Best Practices before submitting.