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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.

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    Related U-M 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)
    • SPG 601.34 Children on Campus - outlines the institutional requirements for U-M employees and students interacting with children participating in a U-M human research study, regardless of whether the study is conducted on campus or elsewhere.  Additional details can be found on the University’s Children on Campus - Research webpage.

    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.  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

    Data Protection Policies

    Federal and other data privacy and protection policies may impact human subjects research, including:

    • FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, U.S. Department of Education) - protects the privacy of student education records and establishes guidelines for accessing records.  
    • GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation, European Union (EU)) - mandates standards for handling certain personal data of EU residents and non-EU citizens located in the EU. 


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