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Education

Mission

 The Division of Education and Development (DED) is committed to furthering the mission of the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) in protecting the rights and wellbeing of subjects involved in research conducted or supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). DED achieves this goal by fulfilling its mandate published in the Federal Register. Specifically, DED:

  1. Develops and conducts education conferences, workshops and other training tools, and quality improvement activities to improve the protections for human research subjects;
  2. Provides liaison to Federal officials and guidance and regulatory interpretation to research entities, investigators, and the public regarding ethical issues in biomedical and behavioral research involving human subjects;
  3. Provides technical assistance to research institutions engaged in research covered by the HHS-regulations for the protections of human research subjects;
  4. Maintains, promulgates and updates educational guidance materials and quality improvement activities and materials related to the protection of human research subjects; and,
  5. Conducts public outreach and education or information programs to promote and enhance public awareness of the activities of OHRP and human subject protections.

DED Educational Activities and Resources

The DED provides a multifaceted education program, including the activities and resources summarized below. Please refer to the pages linked on the left for additional information.

Training - Videos, Webinars and Other Materials -OHRP has developed a number of resources to assist in training of investigators, IRB members, and staff involved in the conduct and oversight of human subjects research. These include educational videos, webinars and brochures.

Research Community Forums (RCFs) -OHRP sponsors a number of national conferences each year to promote interest and discussions on human subjects protections in research. These conferences provide an opportunity for the research community to share their experiences in protecting human research subjects, allow the co-sponsoring institutions to showcase their talents and initiatives in the area, and afford OHRP an occasion to clarify and explain the HHS policies and regulations on human research protections and to build meaningful partnerships. Beginning 2016, a RCF will be a two-day event consisting of a one-day program focusing on regulatory and ethical issues pertaining to hot-button or topical matter in human research protections, as well as a one-day interactive workshop focusing on the HHS policies and regulations on human research protections and their applicability. OHRP jointly develops the program with a host institution. For information on hosting a future OHRP-sponsored RCF, please send your request to OHRP-EDU@hhs.gov.

Quality Assessment Workshops (QAWs)- OHRP conducts a number of QAWs nationally every year. The current workshop is entitled “Focus on Informed Consent”. QAWs are offered to institutions that review and conduct U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)–supported research, and are designed for an institution’s key personnel involved with the development and implementation of human research protections policies and procedures.

Quality Assessment Program - OHRP's Quality Assessment Program is intended to help institutions evaluate and improve the quality of their human research protections program. Institutions may do a self-assessment utilizing the QA Self-Assessment Tool. In addition, institutions may contact OHRP to request an in-depth consultation. 

Workshops and Speaking Invitations - OHRP welcomes opportunities to provide educational workshops on human research protections at conferences and meetings sponsored by institutions, professional organizations, advocacy groups and the federal government. OHRP will assist with designing the workshop and will provide staff for the presentations. In addition, OHRP staff accepts a limited number of speaking requests at meetings and conferences. As the use of videoconferencing becomes more popular, this will facilitate OHRP staff’s participation in these events. Please send all speaking invitations and workshop requests to OHRP-EDU@hhs.gov.

OHRP Website - The OHRP website provides numerous resources regarding human subject protections. These include current and historical materials, such as the OHRP Guidebook (1993).

OHRP Email Box - Institutions and individuals with questions regarding the HHS-regulations on human research protection, OHRP guidance or ethical issues related to human subjects research are encouraged to send these to the OHRP mailbox. Staff at the Division of Education and Development (DED) will coordinate and provide responses to the questions in a timely manner.   

The OHRP email address is: OHRP@hhs.gov