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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

Tue, Mar 20, 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

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

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

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

Thu, Mar 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.

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.