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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and fifteen other Federal Departments and Agencies have issued final revisions to the Common Rule, which is the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects. The changes went into effect on January 21, 2019. These changes to the federal policy have resulted in a number of changes to CUNY HRPP policies and procedures, as well the CUNY IRB application submitted via IRBManager. CUNY HRPP Policies & Procedures, and templates have been updated where appropriate. 

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is an independent compliance committee composed of a variety of subject matter experts as mandated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The role of the IRB is to protect the rights and welfare of persons recruited to participate in research activities conducted under the auspices of Hunter College as laid out in Title 45 Part 46 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The IRB has the authority to approve, require modifications, or disapprove all research activities that fall within its jurisdiction as specified by both the federal regulations and institutional policy. Research that has been reviewed and approved by the IRB may be subject to review and disapproval by officials of the institution. However, those officials may not approve research if it has been disapproved by the IRB. Research that has been reviewed and approved by the IRB is subject to continuing IRB review and must be re-evaluated at least annually, or more frequently if specified by the IRB.

In Fall 2011, CUNY began a reorganization of its oversight of human subject research activities. The IRBs throughout every CUNY campus, including Hunter College were dissolved into two University-Integrated (UI) IRBs composed of faculty members from various departments, schools and centers of CUNY, as well as several community members. The UI-IRBs are responsible for the review of all CUNY human subjects research that require review by a full-board committee. Hunter College is represented by faculty members, Dr. Jason Young and Dr. Howard Lune. Human Subject Research Determinations and Exempt reviews (from Hunter College faculty and students) will take place at the Hunter College HRPP Office.

To submit to the CUNY IRB, please log into IRBManager using your CUNYfirst credentials. For additional guidance please refer to the How to Apply section of this website.

For questions, clarification, or forms you may contact the HRPP Office via email at or by phone at (212) 650-3053.

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