Updated Guidelines for Research with Human Subjects
Researchers have a responsibility to assess risks to a person participating in a research study as well as putting measures in place to mitigate risk and to inform potential subjects of any risk of participating in a study. Researchers are encouraged to continue to stay up to date with CDC and Clark County guidance when assessing the risk of transmitting COVID-19 and to incorporate measures if appropriate. The office of Research Integrity-Human Subjects (ORI-HS) and the IRB committees and will continue to provide guidance and best practices to support research and encourage faculty to contact the office or committee with any questions about research protocols.
The following is noted:
- New studies submitted after June 1 will follow Clark County and CDC guidelines.
- Current studies that have more stringent COVID-19 SOPs that were approved previously can continue without change using the current measures.
- PI that want to change protocol to follow current Clark County or CDC guidelines that have previously approved COVID-19 SOPs will need to submit a modification for review and approval prior to continuing. This will ensure the consent forms are updated to reflect the change.
- Studies that were halted prior to the pandemic can continue with current Clark County and CDC guidelines in place. If changes need to be made a modification will need to be submitted for review and approval prior to restarting the study.
For further guidance you can refer to Clark County and CDC guidelines:
ORI-HS can be contacted at the Toll Free Number: 888-581-2794
The Office of Research Integrity – Human Subjects seeks to safeguard the rights and welfare of human subjects involved in research conducted by UNLV faculty, staff, and students. The office assists and supports the UNLV Institutional Review Boards (both the Social/Behavioral Sciences and Biomedical Sciences IRBs) in their efforts to:
- Ensure that subjects are adequately informed of the nature of the study.
- Ensure that subjects’ participation is voluntary.
- Ensure that the benefits of a study outweigh its risks.
- Ensure that the risks and benefits of the study are evenly distributed among the possible subject populations.
- Suspend and report human subjects research activity that violates regulations, policies, procedures, or an approved protocol.
The UNLV Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) has been awarded full Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) accreditation. AAHRPP promotes high-quality, ethically sound research through an accreditation process that helps organizations worldwide strengthen their HRPP. AAHRPP uses a voluntary, peer-driven, educational model to ensure that HRPPs meet rigorous standards for quality and protection. AAHRPP accreditation offers assurances - to research participants, researchers, sponsors, government regulators, and the general public - that an HRPP is focused first and foremost on excellence.