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The Human Studies Program (HSP) is the administrative unit of the University of Hawaii System Human Research Protection Program (HRPP).  The HSP works together with the UH research community to ensure the health, welfare, rights, and dignity of people who participate in UH research.  The HSP, a unit within the Office of Research Compliance (ORC), provides guidance and administrative support to its three UH Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) and the ten UH campuses.


Mandatory changes must be made to the Informed Consent Form for all new studies approved on or after January 21, 2019! Please click here for information on several important changes to the federal regulations governing human research, known as the Common Rule. Among these changes are improvements to the informed consent process, resulting in revisions to the UH Model consent forms.


11/22/2019 Update: eProtocol is currently experiencing technical problems. If you have difficulty creating, or logging in to your eProtocol account, please contact the HSP Office at 956-5007 or by email at
05/22/2019 Check out PRIM&R featured member interview on Ampersand (PDF) with HSP IRB Coordinator Kristin Bacon. Congratulations Kristin!
01/02/2019 NOW AVAILABLE: 2019 IRB Meeting and Deadline Calendar


Revised Common Rule Update: Posting Clinical Trial Consent Forms

Federal websites have been identified that will satisfy the revised Common Rule (also known as the "2018 Rule") requirement to publicly post clinical trial consent forms (45 CFR 46.116(h)). More information may be found here


UH Receives Human Research Protection Accreditation
The University of Hawaiʻi is now recognized as a top research institution that follows rigorous standards for ethics, quality and protections while conducting human research—and becomes the first research organization in the state to be awarded this highly regarded status.