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About the HSRB

Human Studies Review Board

Ethics Training for Members and Consultants Serving on the HSRB

The Human Studies Review Board (HSRB or Board) is a Federal advisory committee operating in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) 5 U.S.C. App.2 9.Exit EPA Disclaimer

The HSRB provides advice, information, and recommendations on issues related to scientific and ethical aspects of human subjects research. The major objectives are to provide advice and recommendations on: a. research proposals and protocols; b. reports of completed research with human subjects; and c. how to strengthen EPA's programs for protection of human subjects of research. The HSRB reports to the EPA Administrator through EPA's Science Advisor.

On February 6, 2006 the Agency published a final rule for protections for subjects in human research (71 FR 6138) that called for creating a new, independent Human Studies Review Board and described its responsibilities in the following language:

The Human Studies Review Board shall comment on the scientific and ethical aspects of research proposals and reports of completed research with human subjects submitted by EPA for its review and on request, advise EPA on ways to strengthen its programs for protection of human subjects of research. 40 C.F.R. 26.1603(b)

A charter (PDF) (3 pp, 50K) for the Human Studies Review Board dated February 21, 2006 was issued in accordance with the provisions of FACA, 5 U.S.C. App.2 9. The Board's charter was reauthorized March 31, 2010.

This site contains materials which were made available to or produced by the HSRB. The meeting minutes and reports posted on this site are the products of the HSRB and represent the views and recommendations of the HSRB, not the EPA. They do not represent information approved or disseminated by the EPA and, hence, do not necessarily represent the views and policies of the EPA, nor of other agencies in the Executive Branch of the Federal government, nor does mention of trade names or commercial products constitute a recommendation for use.

For further information about the HSRB, please call Jim Downing at (202) 564-2468 or email at downing.jim@epa.gov.

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