News and Updates



We are pleased to announce that MSM is in the final stages in preparation of submitting our application to the
Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP). (AAHRPP promotes high-quality research through an accreditation process that helps organizations worldwide strengthen their human research protection programs (HRPPs). An independent, non-profit accrediting body, AAHRPP uses a voluntary, peer-driven, educational model to ensure that HRPPs meet rigorous standards for quality and protection. To earn accreditation, organizations must provide tangible evidence—through policies, procedures, and practices—of their commitment to scientifically and ethically sound research and to continuous improvement. As the "gold seal," AAHRPP accreditation offers assurances—to research participants, researchers, sponsors, government regulators, and the general public—that an HRPP is focused first and foremost on excellence.


Coming Soon: IRB Open House. Your MSM IRB will be hosting a monthly IRB Open House where faculty, staff and students are invited to come with questions, concerns and ideas related to submissions, amendments, etc. Stay tuned.


Educational Outreach: Your MSM IRB will be coming to a department or center near you with educational presentations to help you better understand the IRB process along with required human subjects training and more. If you have suggestions for training contact your IRB office.


January 29 2013 - OHRP Fellowships in Compliance Oversight and Policy - Accepting Applications
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) has two openings for qualified persons who have earned a Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctorate degree in public health, public policy, science, law, ethics, philosophy, or related fields. One opening in OHRP is for a compliance oversight fellow (DHHS-OHRP-2013-0102) and the second is for a policy fellow (DHHS-OHRP-2013-0103). The initial appointment is for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of OHRP contingent on the availability of funds and project needs. The two announcements are on the website of the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) which manages the fellowship program for HHS.


Interested persons can find these announcements by going to the ORISE website:, and entering, in the Search field, the compliance oversight announcement number: DHHS-OHRP-2013-0102, or the policy announcement number: DHHS-OHRP-2013-0103.


OHRP has launched an educational webinar series!
Michelle Feige, MSW, of the Division of Education and Development, recently presented "When PIs Come A-Knockin’: Everything Investigators Want to Know but are Afraid to Ask."


If you missed the webinar or would like to review it, it is now available on the OHRP YouTube playlist


(November 27, 2012) 2013 Update to the International Compilation of Human Research Standards - Now Available
The International Compilation of Human Research Standards is a listing of over 1,000 laws, regulations, and guidelines on human subjects protections in 104 countries and from several international organizations. The Compilation is designed for use by IRBs, researchers, sponsors, and others. Many of the listings embed hyperlinks to the source document.


The 2013 edition is now available, and can be accessed in both Word and PDF formats: One new country is featured in the 2013 Edition: Ecuador.


As in the past, the new edition updates the human research standards based on information provided by in-country experts.