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Human Research Protection Program/Institutional Review Board

Full Acreditation AAHRPP SealThe OVPRI Human Research Protection Program provides guidance and resources for researchers and IRB members at Virginia Commonwealth University.

We review all research involving human participants to facilitate the conduct of ethical research and ensure compliance with federal, state and institutional regulations. 

How do I know if I need IRB review?
Learn which activities meet the definition of "research involving a human subject."
How do I get started?
Learn how to get started with the IRB review process.
What policies do I need to follow?
See a list of human research policies and procedures.

See this HRPP blog post for important information about managing your IRB study during the COVID-19 pandemic and what investigators should do in various situations.


Request a consultation

To support faculty and student researchers in navigating the IRB process, the VCU HRPP offers specialized, one-on-one IRB assistance via our consultation program. Available consultation types include pre-submission consultations, reliance consultations, and Post-Approval Monitoring and Quality Improvement (PAMQuIP) consultations. More consultation types will be added as we expand our consultation program. 

Click the "Schedule a consultation" button to request an appointment today!

IRBNews listserv and HRPP blog

Subscribe to our listserv, IRBNews. The listserv is a place to share information, ask questions about theory or practice and find out how others have solved the problem you are facing. We also use the listserv to get information out to the research community. You can also stay in touch with us through our blog, where we post announcements, events and educational resources.

Contact us

Schedule a consultation with IRB staff

General questions
(804) 828-0868

Questions related to IRB submissions

Questions related to single IRB, reliance agreements and/or external IRBs

Questions related to IRB education offerings

Questions related to Post-Approval Monitoring and Quality Improvement (PAMQuIP)

For individual staff email addresses
See Contact us page for staff directory