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OPRS will be closed in observance of Independence Day on Monday, July 4th. We will reply to emails in the order of receipt upon our return to the office on Tuesday, July 5th. 

What's Happening

Upcoming Meetings

July 26, 2022

Next Social Behavioral IRB meeting

July 14, 2022

Next Biomedical IRB meeting

See all meeting dates

China's Personal Information Privacy Law (PIPL)

China recently passed legislation on a new comprehensive privacy law called the Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL), which will go into effect on November 1, 2021. This law will affect how personal information collected from or about individuals within the territory of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) can be used and processed, and will impact various aspects of University business, including human subjects research. Non-compliance with the PIPL may put both the University and researchers at risk for liability or possibly even criminal sanctions.

If you are a UIUC investigator who is currently conducting research that involves processing personal information from persons physically located in the PRC mainland, please click here to complete a brief questionnaire.


COVID-19 Safety 

Updated guidance has been released by the University COVID-19 Executive Steering Committee beginning Monday, February 28. Protocol-specific COVID-19 Safety Plans are no longer required. Please continue to monitor University guidance as you proceed with your research.



About the IRB

All research involving human subjects that is conducted at or sponsored by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, whether funded or unfunded and whether conducted by Illinois faculty or others, must comply with applicable policies for the protection of human subjects.


Research participants: please contact us with any questions and/or concerns you may have regarding your role in a research study. Comments may be made confidentially. 

You may also follow the link below to complete an anonymous survey. If you would like OPRS to follow up, there is an option to provide your contact information.


Useful Links

Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation

Research Integrity and Ethics

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What is the OPRS?

The Office for the Protection of Research Subjects (OPRS), while performing administrative functions of the Institutional Review Board (IRB), serves as the official oversight office for human subject research at Illinois. The office is the central point of contact for investigators, research subjects, and regulatory agencies. OPRS organizes and documents the IRB review process, monitors research regulations, produces educational resources for faculty and staff, and provides assurance that the Urbana campus is in compliance with federal, state, and campus policies. Contact OPRS.