Program for the Protection of Human Subjects

The Human Research Protection Program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) is a comprehensive system to ensure the protection of the rights and welfare of subjects in human research. The Program for the Protection of Human Subjects (PPHS) is a key component of ISMMS’ efforts to ensure human subject protections. It supports our researchers in assuring the ethical conduct of research and compliance with federal, state, and institutional regulations, and provides a professional office staff to assist both investigators, participants, and five Institutional Review Boards (IRBs).

In addition, the overall Human Research Protection Program at ISMMS includes additional organizational, administrative, and investigator components, and is based on all individuals fulfilling their roles and responsibilities. Essential aspects of the overall mission of human subjects protection are provided by the organized interaction of the PPHS with the Financial Conflict of Interest Committee, the Clinical Trial Office, the Office of Research Compliance, the Biosafety Program, and the Radiation Safety Committee.

Our Human Research Protection Plan describes Mount Sinai’s plan to comply with ethical and legal requirements for the conduct and oversight of human research.

Awarded Full Accreditation by AAHRPP

The Association for Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) fully accredits our program. Maintaining AAHRPP accreditation is public affirmation of the overall excellence of the human research performed at ISMMS, and it demonstrates the School’s pursuit of the highest ethical practices and principles of human research protections. As the "gold seal,” AAHRPP accreditation offers assurances—to research participants, researchers, sponsors, government regulators, and the general public—that a human research protection program is focused first and foremost on excellence.