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What is an HRPP?

Human Research Protection (HRP) is a collaborative effort between all who develop, conduct, review, approve, and facilitate human research. It includes institutional leaders, the Institutional Review Board (IRB), researchers, faculty, staff, students, and the community.

The Human Research Protections Program (HRPP) aims to protect the rights and welfare of research volunteers by providing support, guidance, and education to facilitate research that is ethical and scientifically sound.

The primary mission of this institution’s Human Research Protection Program is to protect the rights and welfare of participants involved in human research that is conducted under the auspices of this institution by providing support to the Institutional Review Boards and maintaining a program of compliance oversight.

VUMC HRPP Mission Statement:

Protecting the safety, rights, and welfare of human research participants through:


  • Collaborating with investigators, key study personnel, other supporting institutional bodies, and external entities toward a common goal of protecting human research participants.


  • Guiding and Supporting the development of research based on sound research design and strong ethical principles that contribute to scientific and scholarly advances in behavioral, social, biomedical, and other sciences.
  • Developing and Implementing human research protections education programs on the application of IRB policies and procedures, and Federal regulations and guidelines.
  • Continuing education of investigators and key study personnel resulting in a current and knowledgeable research community in human research protections, regulations, and institutional policy and procedures.
  • Consulting with investigators and key study personnel in the development of research programs to facilitate compliance with regulations, and assuring adherence to FDA and other regulatory guidelines, ethical considerations, and institutional policies related to human research protections.
  • Administer a Community Outreach Program that serves the Nashville community for education on the rights of research participants.
  • Providing an Outreach Program for the Vanderbilt community to educate them on the Federal regulations and human research protections.


  • Post Approval Monitoring of human research activities to assure compliance with Federal regulations, VHRPP, and institutional policies and procedures.
  • Supporting a continuous quality improvement program through assessment, evaluation, and action.



To protect all human research participants from harm.


The Founding Principles:

The Nuremberg Code - Provided by the Office of Research Integrity - DHHS
The Belmont Report - Provided by the Office for Human Research Protections
The Common Rule (45 CFR 46) - Provided by the Office for Human Research Protections