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HRPP Policies

Ethical Guidance

The human subject protections codified in the CFR are founded on the ethical guidelines outlined in the:

U-M investigators conducting human subjects research are expected to be familiar with the Belmont Report principles through training.

Additional Resource

The University of Michigan's human research participants policy as outlined in the Standard Practice Guide (SPG) defines the role of the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) at the institution.  The HRPP policy is guided in turn by federal regulations, such as the "Common Rule" and ethical guidance, such as the Belmont Report.

Federal Regulations

The Common Rule guidelines are codified into law in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and published in the Federal Register by the agencies of the U.S. government.

01/19/2017 - Common Rule revisions published in the Federal Register for general implementation by 01/19/2018.  Read the notification to U-M's Research Associate Deans from Dr. Jack Hu, Vice President for Research and Instituational Official for Human Subjects Research.

For information about how U-M will implement the federal regulation changes, see the HRPP's Common Rule & Other Changes website.

The list below represents a few of the federal agencies from which U-M receives support for human subjects research. The links below reference federal websites or documents that contain policies, explain specific provisions, and provide links to resources for that agency.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Regulations

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Regulations

Department of Defense (DoD) Regulations

U-M Policies

HRPP Guidelines for Federally Sponsored Research

Related Policies & Resources

The following lists the U-M policies for activities that have a human subjects research component:

  • SPG 201.65-1 Conflicts of Interest and Conflicts of Commitment
  • SPG 303.01 Implementation of Regents' Policy Concerning Research Grants, Contracts, and Agreements
  • SPG 303.03 Policy Statement on the Integrity of Scholarship and Procedures for Investigating Allegations of Misconduct in the Pursuit of Scholarship and Research
  • SPG 501.07 Research Subject Incentives
  • SPG 520.01 Acquisition, Use and Disposition of Property (Exclusive of Real Property) - precautions regarding removal of protected health information or other data regarding human subject research prior to disposal of devices (e.g., laptops)



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