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Federal Agencies

Below are links to federal agencies involved in the protection of human subjects.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

The FDA is one of the federal oversight agencies for IRBs. Connect to this web page to obtain information on specific regulations.


Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP)

OHRP is another federal oversight agency for IRBs. Connect to this page for OHRP guidelines and regulations pertaining to IRBs and the protection of human subjects.

Office for Civil Rights (OCR)

OCR is another federal oversight agency for IRBs/Privacy Boards. OCR houses the Privacy Laws (HIPAA). Connect to this page for OCR guidelines, regulations and FAQs pertaining to HIPAA.

National Institute of Health (NIH)

The mission of the National Institute of Health is to improve overall human health through biomedical and behavioral research. The NIH carefully monitors its research to ensure the equitable treatment of human subjects.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protects the health and safety of people – at home and abroad, providing credible information to enhance health decisions, and promoting health through strong partnerships. CDC serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States.

National Cancer Institute (NCI)

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that coordinates the National Cancer Program, which conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients.

Office of Research Integrity

The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) promotes integrity in biomedical and behavioral research supported by the Public Health Service (PHS) at about 4,000 institutions worldwide. ORI monitors institutional investigations of research misconduct and facilitates the responsible conduct of research through educational, preventive, and regulatory activities. Organizationally, ORI is located in the Office of Public Health and Science (OPHS) within the Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services (OS).

Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections

Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP) Provides policy advice and recommendations to the Department of Health and Human Services on the broad array of complex medical, ethical, legal, and social issues surrounding the participation of human subjects in research.