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.


New Federal Guidelines

(as of January 21, 2019)

All IRB applications approved on or after January 21, 2019 will be subject to these new regulations.

Important changes include:

  • Revised definitions
  • Revised exempt categories
  • Revised categories of vulnerable populations
  • Revised elements of informed consent
  • Additional categories eligible for a waiver of documented informed consent
  • Additional criterion for a waiver of or alteration to informed consent
  • Revised IRB forms

The website has been updated to reflect these changes. For a synopsis of the changes please see the HRPP Revised Common Rule webpage.

The HRPP office is also available for further clarification and happy to answer any questions you have regarding these changes.



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.

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