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What's Happening

Upcoming Meetings

March 13, 2018

Next Social Behavioral IRB meeting

March 15, 2018

Next Biomedical IRB meeting

See all meeting dates

Research in the News

Check out various news items related to human subjects research here.

Delays in Common Rule Revisions

The revisions to the Common Rule have been delayed until July of 2018 Read about the delay here

Changes in Approval Communications

In an effort to increase clarity and communication between researchers and OPRS staff, there are some forthcoming changes to how researchers will receive approval communications from OPRS. Expect to see the following changes in the coming weeks: 1) shorter approval letters, and 2) a PDF of the complete, approved protocol following each review action.

Agenda Items

Submissions are pre-reviewed by OPRS before IRB review. Items requiring full board review must be determined to be ready, with pre-review issues resolved, no less than two weeks prior to the meeting date. This allows adequate processing time and ensures sufficient review time for the IRB members.

Graphic that displays the OPRS workflow

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.

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.


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Expires: 10/18/2022