DOE Human Subjects Protection Program

Established Policy

All research conducted at DOE institutions, supported with DOE funds, or performed by DOE employees, including research that is classified and proprietary, whether done domestically or in an international environment, must comply with all federal regulations and DOE requirements that address the protection of human subjects. These include:

No research involving human subjects conducted with DOE funding, at DOE institutions, or by DOE personnel may be initiated without both a project assurance and approval by the cognizant Institutional Review Board (IRB) in accordance with 10 CFR 745.103.

The assurance must be an OHRP Federalwide Assurance (FWA). This requirement must be met before any research involving human subjects is initiated. Other responsibilities and requirements are found in:

  • DOE O 443.1B, Protection of Human Research Subjects, of 3/17/11, which establishes Department of Energy (DOE) procedures and responsibilities for implementing the policy and requirements set forth in Title 10 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 745, Protection of Human Subjects, and the Secretarial Policy Memorandum on Military or Intelligence-Related Human Subject Research, December 9, 2009.

Content reviewed: November 12, 2013