Welcome to our HRPP transformation journey

We are thrilled to announce a significant leap forward in our commitment to protecting human research participants through the HRPP Transformation powered by the Huron Consulting Toolkit. This transformative initiative introduces new policies, procedures, work instructions and an investigator's guide, reinforcing our dedication to excellence in research ethics and participant safety. 

VCU’s Human Research Protection Program is transforming the HRPP and Institutional Review Board operations to respond to the needs and requests of the VCU research community. HRPP transformation aims to streamline processes, align operations and policies with industry best practices and regulatory requirements, and improve the support provided to investigators conducting human subjects research. 

You can learn more about the HRPP transformation journey below and in the March edition of the VCU HRPP newsletter. 

Key components of the HRPP transformation

New Policies and Procedures IconNew policies and procedures

The HRPP now boasts a comprehensive set of updated human research protection program plans, policies and procedures aligned with the latest industry standards. These changes are designed to streamline processes, enhance clarity and ensure the highest level of ethical conduct in human research.

Investigator's GuideInvestigator's guide

The new investigator's guide equips researchers with a valuable resource to navigate the complexities of the research process. This guide serves as a roadmap, providing step-by-step instructions and best practices to promote adherence to ethical standards and regulatory compliance.

Work Instructions IconWork instructions

Our detailed work instructions offer practical insights and guidance on executing research protocols within the framework of ethical and regulatory requirements. These instructions are tailored to support researchers at every stage of their projects, fostering a culture of meticulous and responsible research conduct.

Milestones achieved

Reduced turnaround time

The implementation of the Huron Consulting Toolkit has resulted in a significant reduction in turnaround time for protocol reviews and approvals. This efficiency not only accelerates the research process but also demonstrates our commitment to supporting timely and responsible research. 

Quality assurance

Our HRPP transformation places a strong emphasis on quality assurance measures. Rigorous internal audits and reviews ensure that our processes meet the highest standards, providing researchers with confidence in the integrity and reliability of our human research protection program. 

Robust educational opportunities

As part of the transformation, we have expanded educational opportunities for researchers, staff and the broader community. Regular training sessions, workshops and online resources aim to enhance understanding of ethical considerations and regulatory requirements, fostering a culture of continuous learning. 

Enhanced community engagement

Our commitment to community engagement has been strengthened through the HRPP transformation. We actively seek input from the community, collaborate with stakeholders and communicate transparently about our research activities. This inclusive approach ensures that our research aligns with community values and concerns. 

HRPP Transformation Project FAQs

Looking ahead, we remain dedicated to continuous improvement. Future initiatives include ongoing refinement of processes, regular updates to policies and procedures, and the exploration of innovative technologies to further enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of our HRPP.

We invite you to explore the resources and information on this page and to reach out with any questions or feedback. Together, we are advancing the highest standards of ethical research and human participant protection.

Thank you for being a part of our HRPP transformation journey!