The Brandeis University IRB adheres to the US government code of federal  regulations at 45 CFR Part 46, which constitute the Federal Policy, also known as the Common Rule, for the protection of human subjects in research.

These regulations are enforced by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP).

Brandeis University operates under Federalwide Assurance #FWA00004408, and our IRB is registered under #IRB00000562.



Effective immediately and until further notice, the IRB has determined that all face-to-face research interactions with human subject participants must cease.

In many cases these interactions can be conducted using technology such as the phone and Zoom or Skype; in others, electronic (Qualtrics) surveys may suffice. Still other research, that requires face-to-face interactions, must be suspended until further notice. 

Changes that will allow research to be conducted remotely require approval from the IRB and may not continue until this approval has been granted. Note that recruitment and consent documents may need to be revised, as well as the procedures. Investigators who must suspend their research altogether do not require such approval. 

Modification Request forms may be found on the HRPP website.

If you believe your face-to-face research must continue as is, the IRB will entertain requests for special consideration on a protocol-by-protocol basis. Requests must be made using the COVID-19 Policy Exemption Request Form. All requests will be reviewed by the IRB at a convened meeting. Currently the IRB is requiring a therapeutic benefit to subjects for approval. 

The HRPP and IRB are committed to fast-tracking modifications to accommodate COVID-19 concerns. Keep a look-out for further updates and contact the HRPP office with any questions at

The HRPP wishes you and your subjects good health during this crisis.


Lara Kuhn

Assistant Director of Research Integrity and Compliance


Brandeis University is committed to upholding the highest standards in the ethical conduct of research, including the protection of all human subjects participating in research at, or under the auspices of Brandeis University.

Operating under a Federalwide Assurance with the Office of Human Research Protection (OHRP) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Brandeis University Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) is responsible for the safety and welfare of all subjects participating in human subjects research at the University, and is charged with ensuring that all research involving human subjects adheres to federal, state, local, and institutional regulations.


Human Research Protection Program staff are here to answer any questions you may have about the HRPP, its purpose, and its policies and procedures. We are available to assist you, the investigators, and would like to do what we can to help get your IRB research applications through the review process as efficiently as possible. Please feel free to give us a call, send us an email, or just drop by.