Institutional Review Board


Research on human subjects serves to advance the study of human thought, behavior, and physical make-up and ultimately the knowledge base of science. The purpose of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to evaluate all research proposals, to determine what risks may be present for subjects, and to assess how these balance against benefits to subjects and the advancement of knowledge. Hawaii Pacific University’s human subjects policy was developed in accordance with the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects, published in the Federal Register on June 18, 1991, as a final common rule for participating federal agencies (Institutional Review Board Guidebook and Belmont Report). Hawai‘i Pacific University's policy, like the federal policy, is designed to safeguard the rights and well-being of human subjects, and to ensure that the principles of respect for persons, beneficence, and justice are met by proposed activities involving human subjects.