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.

News and Announcements

November 4, 2019:

The PPHS has released a new policy regarding the future use of data and/or specimens and a new guidance regarding the scanning of research files. Please visit the Guidance and Policies section of the website for more information.

August 20, 2019:

The PPHS has released a new policy regarding obtaining consent when a minor enrolled in research attains 18 years of age. Please visit the Guidance and Policies section of the website for more information.

July 22, 2019:

ISMMS has implemented a new institutional requirement for all. The Rigor, Reproducibility and Ethical Behavior in Bio-medical Research requirement must be completed via the CITI Program website, and PPHS will be monitoring compliance with this requirement for all individuals involved in human subjects research. As of August 1, 2019, any project with faculty, fellows, residents and students who have not complete this requirement will be rejected until the module is complete. Please see the listserv announcement and/or the Training and Education section of this website for more information.