The purpose of a Human Research Protections Program (HRPP) is to “develop and implement policies and practices that ensure the adequate protection of research participants” (Federman et al. 2003, p. 49). An HRPP consists of all stakeholders involved in the conduct and oversight of research, including but not limited to research investigators and staff, organizational leadership, and others involved in research. 

The CARAS HRPP, and Director, HRPP, is charged with ensuring ethical conduct of research addressing individuals and alternative sexuality communities supported by CARAS. All members of the CARAS HRPP are guided by the ethical principles set forth in the Report of the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects and Biomedical and Behavioral Research, entitled “Ethical Principles and Guidance for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research” (the “Belmont Report”), 1978. These principles are:

  • Respect for Persons – recognition of the personal dignity and autonomy of individuals and special protections for those persons with diminished autonomy;

  • Beneficence – obligation to maximize potential benefits and minimize possible harms in research;

  • Justice – recognition of the social contexts of injustice in research, and attention of issues of subject selection and the burdens and benefits of research.

With these principles in mind, the CARAS HRPP develops and maintains appropriate policies, procedures, resources, and personnel to review and provide oversight of research that is both ethically conducted and compliant with applicable law and regulation. 

CARAS is registered with the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP). 

CARAS IRB Organization(IORG) number is: IORG0005896

CARAS IRB registration number is: IRB00007109


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