The Institutional Review Board (IRB) has been established to assure the protection of human subjects in research projects.
The Office for the Protection of Research Subjects (OPRS) was established in 2004 to create and oversee a University-wide Human Subjects Protections Program (HSPP) that is innovative, dynamic, and ranks among the nationís best. OPRS strives to exceed regulatory and ethical requirements for all USC human subjects research activities. In 2007, OPRS achieved full accreditation from the Association for Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs. Accreditation requires implementation of best practices at all levels of the HSPP and continual improvements to maintain excellence.
A primary goal for OPRS is to maintain AAHRPP accreditation by commitment to: