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The Human Subjects Office (HSO) was established by the Vice President for Research to provide administrative support for the University of Iowa Institutional Review Boards. An Institutional Review Board is a group of individuals charged with reviewing proposed research involving human subjects to ensure the protection of those subjects and compliance with federal human subjects regulations. The University of Iowa has three such review boards, each consisting of faculty, staff, and representatives from the Iowa City community.


The mission of the University of Iowa Institutional Review Boards is to assure that the rights and welfare of human subjects are adequately protected in research.

Upcoming Events

Wed, Feb 21, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

IRB Office Hours - Location: Information Commons West, Hardin Library

Thu, Feb 22, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:00am

How to Complete HawkIRB Modifications, Continuing Reviews, Reportable Event Forms (REFs), and Project Closure Forms - Location: HP Smith Conference Room (W256 General Hospital), UIHC

Thu, Feb 22, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

IRB Office Hours - Location: 101 Hardin Library for the Health Sciences

Upcoming Meetings

There are currently no meetings scheduled.


IRB Connection: Regulatory/Policy Announcement

A new special issue of IRB Connection was released, discussing the new regulatory and policy changes recently issued. These new policies and regulations include: Documenting Research Participation in the UIHC Medical Record Research Billing Compliance Training Requirements You may find the issue here.

Listing of Social-Behavioral Research Standards Now Available

A new listing of 27 social-behavioral research (SBR) laws, regulations, and guidelines around the world is now available on the OHRP website.   The page lists SBR standards from the following countries (some countries have issued more than one standard):  

February 2018 IRB Connection Now Available

The February 2018 IRB Connection newsletter is now available. You can find the newsletter here. This month's issue covers topics such as Updates to Federal Regulations/Guidance HawkIRB Trainings, IRB Presentations, and Office Hours Resources for New Researchers IRB Education HH: HawkIRB Delegate Permission System

Interim Final Rule Delay

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and 15 other federal departments and agencies have announced an Interim Final Rule (IFR) that delays by six months the effective date and general compliance date of the revisions to the “Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects” (also known as the Common Rule) originally published in the Federal Register on January 19, 2017 (82 FR 7149).  Most provisions in the revised Common Rule were scheduled to go into effect on January 19, 2018.