The Committee on the Use of Human Subjects (CUHS) serves as the Institutional Review Board for the Cambridge and Allston campuses at Harvard. CUHS is located in the Research Administration Services (RAS) department of the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS).

News & Announcements

Undergraduate Research Ethics Training

February 8, 2017

To help undergraduates properly prepare to conduct research, the IRB will offer training in the spring of 2017 (for spring and summer 2017 projects). This training is designed to help you develop a proposal that minimizes risk and to guide you on completing templates for the protocol and informed consent documents.  

Research Ethics training seminars for undergraduates will be offered on the following dates:

ESTR Update Scheduled for 6pm ET Friday, February 3

February 3, 2017

ESTR will be unavailable from 6:00 PM ET to 6:30 PM ET on Friday, February 3. 

This update is being completed to fix the issue where an "unauthorized access" page occasionally displays after log in.  

ESTR Log in Error

January 30, 2017

NOTE: There may be a disruption the first time you attempt to log in to ESTR today. 

Issue: Saved browser cookies will cause a “you do not have permission to view this page” type error when attempting to view a page after log in.

Freeze on New Federal Regulations – Including the Final Rule!

January 27, 2017

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus issued a memorandum to all executive departments and agencies to freeze new or pending regulations -- giving the new administration time to review them. Any regulations that have yet to be sent for publishing in the Federal Register, the memo asks the agency to not send any regulation to the Federal Register until reviewed by someone selected by the President.
 
For those that have been sent but not published, the White House ordered the regulations withdrawn. 
 

GCP Training for Social Behavioral Researchers Now Available

January 27, 2017

NIH's Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research announced that the Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training modules they have developed that are specifically tailored to social and behavioral science researchers conducting clinical trials are now available through the Society of Behavioral Medicine, including for non-members of the Society of Behavioral Medicine.

HHS and 15 other Federal Departments and Agencies Announce Revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (the Common Rule)

January 18, 2017

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and fifteen other Federal Departments and Agencies have announced revisions to modernize, strengthen, and make more effective the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects that was originally promulgated as a Common Rule in 1991. This final rule is intended to better protect human subjects involved in research, while facilitating valuable research and reducing burden, delay, and ambiguity for investigators.
 
These revisions are an effort to modernize, simplify, and enhance the current system of oversight.

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