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Human Research Protections Program


The Human Research Protections Program (HRPP) promotes and protects the welfare of human research participants by reviewing and approving all human participant research conducted on Penn’s campus.

The Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) are federally regulated entities within the Penn HRPP with the mandate to review biomedical and social behavioral research studies that take place within or under the authority of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Medicine. The purpose of review is to determine if the proposed research meets certain established ethical, regulatory, and policy criteria to protect the rights and welfare of the human participants of such research.