The Human Subjects Protection Program office (HSPPO) serves as the administrative office for UofL's two Institutional Review Boards. The Institutional Review Boards, or IRBs, are the committees that conduct oversight for research involving human subjects at the University of Louisville, U of L Health Care & Partners, Norton Healthcare, and Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's Healthcare.

These committees are federally mandated to ensure that research is conducted in accordance with the federal regulations, and that the rights of human subjects are protected for all ongoing investigations. Federal regulations and University of Louisville policy require that all research involving human subjects or analysis of data gathered from human subjects, regardless of funding status, be reviewed by the IRB prior to the implementation of any research activity.

*Please note that the IRB operates in accordance with laws and regulations of the United States and guidance provided by the Office of Human Research Protection (OHRP), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) and other Federal and State Agencies when applicable.