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Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects

Introduction - Welcome to the University of Houston-Downtown ORSP Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects (CPHS) webpage. The University of Houston-Downtown is committed to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research and public service. At the same time, the University seeks to protect the welfare of persons who may be involved in research and training projects in accordance with the federal regulations, 45 CFR 46, and the ethical principles established by the Belmont Report (Belmont Report Historical Archive).

UHD Policy - PS03A23. Protection of Human Subjects: "Any research, scholarly, creative or educational study that involves human subjects in which the data will not be exclusively used or reported for internal purposes only, falls under the jurisdiction of the UHD Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects (CPHS). Studies involving human subjects in which the data will be presented externally to UHD, whether by presentation or publication, must obtain CPHS approval prior to initiation of the study and collection of data. Research on human subjects collected for internal purposes may not ever be used for an external purpose unless CPHS approval and informed consent was obtained prior to the collection of data."

CPHS Review - All UHD faculty, staff or students who propose to engage in research activities involving the use of human subjects must have approval prior to the initiation of the project from the CPHS. The CPHS is responsible for safeguarding the rights and welfare of persons participating in research projects, whether funded or non-funded.

CPHS Applications - Human subjects IRB application forms and supporting documents should be submitted to the CPHS Chair, Dr. Kit Cho, at

Further Information - Please see CPHS Policies, Procedures, and Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions for inquiries involving human subjects research.

Contact - Any additional questions should be directed to

ORSP phone: 713-221-8499 

ORSP Office: One Main Street, Suite 625, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Houston, Texas, 77002-1014