Human Research Protection Program

About the HRPP Department 

The UT Southwestern Medical Center Human Research Protection Program is responsible for ensuring that all human-subject research conducted by faculty, staff, or students for UTSW is conducted ethically and in compliance with federal regulations and policies that promote ethical research in human subjects according to the Federalwide Assurance on file with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Human Research Protection.

Seal of Full Accreditation from the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc.

All human subject research conducted by UT Southwestern faculty, staff, or students on behalf of UT Southwestern is overseen by the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) Department. The HRPP responsibilities are carried out by the following offices:

  • IRB Office (IRBO) – Responsibilities include: 
    • UTSW IRB review - Research reviewed by one of four UT Southwestern IRBs or by a UTSW IRB Expedited Reviewer
    • Non-UTSW IRB Review (sIRB/Reliance) – Collaborative research reviewed by a single IRB (either UTSW IRB or a non-UT Southwestern IRB)
  • Quality Assurance and Monitoring (QAM) Responsibilities include:
    • Routine and for cause monitoring 
    • Support to investigators before, during, and after regulatory audits 
  • Regulatory Support Office (RSO) - Responsibilities include support for investigators with:
    • registration and reporting requirements.
    • FDA sponsor investigator submission and reporting requirements for an IND or IDE

UT Southwestern IRBs routinely review research involving human subjects which is conducted at UT Southwestern and/or several affiliated partner hospitals. UTSW has standing partnerships with Children’s Healthâ„ , Parkland Health & Hospital System, Texas Health Resources, and Scottish Rite for Children


The HRPP monitors the submission volume and turnaround times routinely. See the most current HRPP metrics.

HRPPO Satisfaction Survey

We want to hear from you. Please take our HRPPO Satisfaction Survey.