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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 QA consultation or workshop. 

How can your institution participate in OHRP's Quality Assessment Program?

OHRP offers a variety of resources to help institutions evaluate and strengthen the quality of their human research protection program. OHRP can:

  • Provide tools to help your institution identify strengths and areas for improvement, such as the OHRP QA Self-Assessment tool.
  • Through direct consultation, in-person of via a video or phone conference:
    • Clarify regulatory requirements.
    • Provide detailed review of IRB written procedures and meeting minutes.
    • Explore ways to improve the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of IRB administration.
    • Identify "best practices."
    • Foster partnerships and collaborations among institutions.
  • Conduct a training session addressing human subject protections issues on-site at your institution, or via video teleconference.

For more information and to discuss how your program might benefit from one of these services, please send your request to OHRP-EDU@hhs.gov 

A Guided Self-Assessment for Human Research Protection Programs

Utilizing the OHRP QA Self-Assessment Tool, institutions can conduct a guided self-assessment of human research protections programs.

  • Visit the QA Self-Assessment Tool Page.
  • Please note that the completed QA Self-Assessment Tool is not sent to OHRP

Direct OHRP Consultation

To contact OHRP to request an OHRP QA consultation of your human research protections program, please:

  • Send a written request to the Division of Education and Development at OHRP-EDU@hhs.gov
  • Provide DED with your institution's written IRB procedures and minutes from three (3) recent IRB meetings
  • DED staff will contact you to arrange an initial teleconference


Content created by Office for Human Research Protections
Content last reviewed on March 18, 2016