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Human Research Protection Program-Wichita

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Human Research Protection Program-Wichita

"Partnering with our investigators to ensure safe and ethical research"

Purpose and Criteria

The Human Subjects Committee (HSC) is designated as the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the KU School of Medicine-Wichita, as required by 45 CFR 46 and 21 CFR 56. The HSC is responsible for reviewing, approving, modifying, rejecting and monitoring research involving human subjects.

The purpose of the HSC is to ensure, both in advance and by periodic review, that appropriate steps are taken to protect rights and welfare of humans participating as research subjects. In order to approve human subjects research the HSC must determine that the research meets all federal criteria that are listed in 45 CFR 46.111.

The criteria are summarized as follows:

  • Risks to subjects are minimized. Note that all risks should be considered, including the potential for economic, legal, physical, psychological and social harm.
  • Risks to subjects are reasonable in relation to anticipated benefits, if any, and the importance of the knowledge that may reasonably be expected to result.
  • Selection of subjects is equitable.
  • Informed consent will be sought from each prospective subject or the subject's legally authorized representative, except in cases in which the requirement is waived.
  • Informed consent will be appropriately documented as required.
  • When appropriate, the research plan makes adequate provision for monitoring the data collected to ensure the safety of subjects.
  • When appropriate, there are adequate provisions to protect the privacy of subjects and to maintain the confidentiality of data.
  • When some or all of the subjects are likely to be vulnerable to coercion or undue influence, such as children, prisoners, pregnant women, mentally disabled persons, or economically or educationally disadvantaged persons, additional safeguards have been included in the study to protect the rights and welfare of these subjects.


Electronic submissions of Human Subjects Research applications AND Conflict of Interest certifications can be completed at

Last modified: Sep 14, 2018