Human Research Protection Program (HRPP)

Mission Statement

Human Subject Protection Program

The mission of the University of Massachusetts Medical School Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) is to facilitate excellence in human research by: 

  • Safeguarding and promoting the health and welfare of human research participants by ensuring that their rights, safety, and well-being are protected; 
  • Educating our community about research and the rights and responsibilities of research participants;
  • Providing timely and high quality review and monitoring of human research studies. 

This Organization’s Human Research Protection Program is a comprehensive system to ensure the protection of the rights and welfare of subjects in Human Research.  We operate under the principles first established by the Belmont report ( namely standards of honesty, justice, integrity, respect and a sense of responsibility to others.  The HRPP adheres to federal regulations and laws, state law, as well as UMass Medical School policies that govern human participant research programs and ensuring the right of every human being to voluntary, informed consent.  The framework of protection for both research participants and our researchers is comprised of the Institutional Review Board (IRB), which works together with our community; our UMass Medical School leadership; and other campus committees such as the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), Radiation Safety Committee (RSC), Investigational Drug Service (IDS), Quality Assurance and Improvement, and Conflict of Interest Committees. 

What we do: 

  • Establish a formal process to monitor, evaluate and continually improve the protection of human research participants
  • Exercise oversight of research protection
  • Educate investigators and research staff about their ethical responsibility to protect research participants
  • Ensure compliance with University policies, federal regulations, state laws and national standards for research involving human subjects
  • Engage and respond to concerns of research participants and research teams
  • Ensure research partners maintain the resources needed to support the research infrastructure

Questions or Concerns:

If you have questions, would like to express concerns, or offer suggestions about any aspect of the UMass Medical School Human Research Protection Program, please contact the HRPP Office at 508-856-1952 or email at

If you would like report any known or suspected noncompliant conduct related to research or sponsored program activities conducted and/or approved through UMass Medical School please contact the Research Integrity Officer at  508-856-8667 or email,

Reporting Research Complaints and Concerns