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Upcoming Meetings

January 25, 2021

Next Social Behavioral IRB meeting

January 13, 2021

Next Biomedical IRB meeting

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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.

Privacy Everywhere Conference

The Office for the Protection of Research Subjects is partnering with the Chief Information Officer and the University of Illinois Library in hosting the 2022 Privacy Everywhere Conference. Please consider joining us at this virtual event to be held on January 28, 2022, from 10:00 a.m.– 2:00 p.m.

Decisions about privacy affect our professional, educational, and personal lives. This conference will cover privacy culture, built in privacy & privacy by design, protecting human research subjects through privacy means, and data privacy policy. There are two tracks being offered, Research and Emerging Issues in Privacy (Track A)  and Privacy Literacy-Practical Applications for a Non-Technical Audience (Track B). Participants will have an option to attend sessions from both tracks. Registration now open!



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.


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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.

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.