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.

News & Announcements

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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Undergraduate Research Ethics Training now posted

February 21, 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.

Here are some upcoming dates:

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NEW! Harvard IRBs Master Agreement

January 10, 2020

Are you a Harvard University Area researcher who is collaborating with a Harvard Medical School researcher?  Have you ever wondered why a reliance agreement is needed when you work with another Harvard researcher?  It’s almost like we are two separate institutions!  Well, we are, or at least in regard to how the Harvard IRBs are set up. Since the Harvard IRBs work independently of each other, if a Harvard University Area researcher (Cambridge and Allston campus) is working with a Harvard Longwood Campus Area researcher, it is like being at separate...

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Single IRB Requirement for All Federally Funded Studies in Effect January 20, 2020

January 10, 2020

The Revised Rule (aka “2018 Requirements”) that took effect on January 21, 2019 requires that all federally funded research that involves multiple institutions must have only one IRB provide review.  Also known as “Single IRB” (or “sIRB” – a cool new IRB word, by the way), this requirement follows the NIH’s implementation of a similar policy way back in 2018. With the NIH policy, only those studies...

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IRB Office Closed - Dec. 24th through Jan. 1st

December 24, 2019
The IRB Office will be closed during the Harvard Winter Recess - December 24th at noon through January 1st.  The IRB Office will re-open on Thursday, January 2nd.  No IRB submissions will be reviewed during this time. Thank you for your understanding and Happy Holidays!
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