Committee on the Use of Human Subjects in Research (CUHSR)
Introduction and Background
When human beings are used as subjects in research projects, safeguards must be established to protect their health, well-being, and rights. Under the policies established by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), this protection was extended to all human subjects regardless of the nature of research being performed. This protection required that Institutional Review Boards (IRB) at colleges and universities be established to review and act on all research proposals involving human subjects. The review board at Bradley is the University Committee on the Use of Human Subjects in Research (CUHSR). In 2018, HHS revised guidelines and exempted certain forms of research involving human subjects from review by Institutional Review Boards. On January 21, 2019 all IRB’s should be compliant with these new regulations (a.k.a the Common Rule). All human subjects research must be reviewed by CUHSR to determine whether it is exempt, expeditable, or requires full review.
CUHSR functions as an Institutional Review Board (Bradley U IRB # 1 IRB00004423) under Federalwide Assurance (FWA) which assures that the Common Rule will followed for human subjects research conducted or supported by any U.S. federal department or agency. For any human subjects research not supported by any U.S. federal department or agency, Bradley also assures that the Common Rule (supported by the Belmont Report), in principle, will be followed. CUHSR will also provide human subjects protection oversight for projects not considered research (by the federal definition of research) that involve human interaction, intervention and/or private information. Projects that are considered by CUHSR are initiated by or involve Bradley faculty, staff and students.