OSIRIS to PittPRO Transition

OSIRIS studies due for continuing review on or after March 15, 2019 will transition to PittPRO rather than renewing in OSIRIS. All studies (unless in data analysis or long term... View »

Coordinating Center Applications in PittPRO

In PittPRO, unlike in OSIRIS, coordinating center (CC) or data coordinating center (DCC) protocols do not follow a special pathway.  

Users submitting a CC or DCC will click "Create New... View »

sIRB for NIH-Funded, Multi-Site Projects

As NIH grant application deadlines approach yet again, the Pitt HRPO would like to remind Investigators that NIH-funded, multi-site projects must use a Single IRB (sIRB) mechanism... View »


Effective January 1, 2019, all new studies must be submitted through... View »

IRB Review Fee Structure Change

The University of Pittsburgh has changed the IRB review fee structure. The fee is required for studies that are industry sponsored.  Effective March 1, 2019, the fee schedule... View »

PittPRO is LIVE for Exempt and Expedited

HRPO is pleased to announce that PittPRO is live... View »

Common Rule Compliance Date Delayed Again

Common Rule Compliance Date Delayed Once More

As we're continuing to provide the University of Pittsburgh research community with updates, the U.S. Department of Health and Human... View »

European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect on May 25, 2018. It is "designed to harmonize data privacy laws across Europe, to protect and empower all EU... View »

Common Rule Effective Date Delay

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and 15 other federal departments and agencies have announced a six month delay of the effective date... View »

Common Rule 2018: Implementation and Transition

The final revisions to the Common Rule (Federal Policy for the... View »

NIH Changes to Certificates of Confidentiality

Effective October 1, 2017, NIH will automatically issue Certificates of Confidentiality to all research funded by NIH that is collecting or using identifiable sensitive information. Additional... View »

Important Information Regarding HIPAA Training for Researchers

Historically, those who were conducting human subject research that involved accessing protected health information were required to complete the Internet-Based Studies in Education and Research... View »

PA Supreme Court Decision & Informed Consent

The Human Research Protection Office is aware of the recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision, Shinal v. Toms, in which the Court held that a physician's duty to obtain Informed... View »

January 25, 2018 is the new date for Single IRB Review

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) previously issued a policy on the use of a single Institutional Review Board (IRB) for multi-site research.  The policy is to establish the expectation... View »

Update on Training Requirements

Effective March 5, 2017, OSIRIS will prohibit the submission of new protocols when any member of the research team is not up-to-date with CITI training on Human Subject Research, Responsible... View »