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The Mission of the Office for Human Subjects Protection (OHSP) & FSU Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects by adherence to applicable ethical principles and laws.


OPERATING STATUS: Offices are open during business hours; staffing is provided in-person and remotely. For your convenience and COVID-19 safety, meetings with staff that can be conducted remotely should be done so. Note the Winter Break closure, December 20-31.

RAMP SYSTEM: The RAMP system will be offline beginning at 6PM on FRI, January 7, 2022 and unavailable for your use until after 8AM on MON, January 10. To accommodate the downtime and allow sufficient time for IRB review, the submission deadline for the January 12 IRB meeting was moved forward to December 3 (Details). 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: New/revised FAQs are posted, including whether IRB review is required, how to check review status or report incidents, and much more. 

STUDENT-LED HUMAN RESEARCH: For students who conduct research, check out our resources page. 

IRB REVIEW METRICS: Monthly performance and workload data are available here.


Requirements for Human Research

Federal and other laws as well as FSU policy require advance OHSP and/or IRB review of all human research conducted by any FSU employee or agent (e.g., faculty, staff, students, contractors, volunteers) before the research may begin. Interested in knowing how research and creative activities are deemed to require OHSP and/or IRB review? Click on the Decision Trees link on the left.

When applicable, researchers are by FSU policy required to submit their studies for review using the FSU Research Administration and Management Portal (RAMP) Institution Review Board (IRB) module (RAMP IRB); paper and email submissions are not accepted. An explanation of the review process is found on our Human Research Review page.

Studies involving non-FSU institutions may require those institutions' reviews. BEFORE submitting your studies in RAMP IRB, you must contact those institutions to ascertain their review requirements, and plan accordingly. For clinical collaborations with non-FSU partners, click here for more information. 

About the Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The FSU IRB is a committee composed of scientists, non-scientists and unaffiliated (non-FSU) members that review proposed human research to ensure the protection of human subjects' rights and welfare. The FSU IRB has authority to approve, require modifications in (to secure approval), or disapprove all research activities covered by federal law and FSU policy. Research that has been approved by an IRB may be subject to further review and approval or disapproval by FSU officials; however, these officials may not approve of research that is disapproved by the IRB. The FSU IRB is registered with the U.S. government, and is a participating SmartIRB institution for standardizing reviews and reducing unnecessary duplicate reviews and documentation for multi-site studies.

Learn more about SmartIRB

About the Office for Human Subjects Protection (OHSP)

OHSP, under the FSU Office of Research, supports the IRB and maintains regulatory records; provides subject matter expertise and related consultations; conducts pre-IRB and other regulatory reviews that do not require IRB oversight as well as post-approval monitoring; and carries out human research-related authorities, responsibilities and functions.

FSU’s Assurance agreement with the federal government and FSU policy 7-IRB-0 require that all human research conducted by any FSU employee or agent be reviewed by the OHSP and/or IRB, regardless of funding source or sponsorship. Refer to this engagement guidance and the HRP-311 Worksheet Engagement Determination form in RAMP IRB, under the IRB, Library and Worksheets tabs, available here, to see how we determine whether research is subject to FSU's Assurance and FSU Policy 7-IRB-0 and requires certification of IRB approval.


Questions? Click for FAQs!

Contact Information

Office for Human Subjects Protection (OHSP)
2010 Levy Avenue
Bldg. B Suite 276
Tallahassee FL, 32306-2742
Ph: (850) 644-7900 (automated call answering with voice menu system allowing callers to be routed quickly and efficiently to needed points of contact)
Fax: (850) 644-4392

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