The Committee on the Use of Human Subjects (CUHS) serves as the Institutional Review Board for the Cambridge and Allston campuses at Harvard University. Human subjects research at Harvard University is guided by the ethical principles set forth in the Belmont Report (Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research). The minimum standards are set by the Department of Health and Human Services regulations at 45 CFR part 46 and the Food and Drug Administration’s regulations at 21 CFR part 50 and 21 CFR part 56.

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Undergraduate Research Ethics Training now posted

May 28, 2020

The Undergraduate Research Training Program (URTP) is a comprehensive platform to create better prepared undergraduate researchers. As part of the program, in-person training sessions are held at various dates throughout the academic year. The in-person training sessions are an alternative to the standard online CITI training. The sessions have been developed with students in mind: they are 90 minutes in length, interactive, and developed with enthusiasm and energy.


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ESTR-IRB Upgrade-Friday, May 29 at 2:00 pm until Monday, June 1 at 8:00 am

May 26, 2020

The ESTR support team announces its spring release for May 29. This release incorporates significant suite-wide updates and enhancements.

ESTR-IRB will be unavailable from Friday, May 29 at 2:00 pm until Monday, June 1 at 8:00 am  to allow for system updates.

Highlights of the release include:

  • Integration with Office365 for easier viewing and editing of submission-related documents in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Modernized SmartForm design with updated navigation and reviewer options; and
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New Data Security Review Process Coming on May 15, 2020

May 8, 2020

 

Starting May 15th, 2020, the University will be implementing a partial rollout of the updated Research Data Security Policy Guidance!
 

What is meant by partial?

Only certain requirements from the updated HRDSP Guidance will be effective starting May 15th, specifically:
 
  • As part of their review, IRB’s will begin assigning non-Sensitive/Sensitive determinations,...

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New Certificates of Confidentiality System for Non-NIH Funded Research

March 6, 2020

From the NIH Press Release (March 3, 2020):

Certificates of Confidentiality protect identifiable, sensitive research information from disclosure. While Certificates of Confidentiality are issued automatically for NIH-funded research, non-NIH funded research that collects identifiable, sensitive information can request a certificate.

NIH has updated its Certificate of Confidentiality request process for non-NIH funded research through a new online system. The new system simplifies the request process by using self-certification statements and shortened text fields,...

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