For Research Participants

Revised Human Subjects Regulations (Common Rule) Wednesday, June 20th 2018

The regulations that human subjects researchers must adhere to (referred to as the Common Rule Regulations) were established in 1991. In 2011, federal agencies began the long-awaited process to revise these regulations and, on January 18, 2017, the final revisions to the Common Rule (Final Rule) were posted in the federal register. The effective and implementation dates have recently changed. As posted in the federal register on June 18, 2018, the revised final Common Rule is both effective and to be implemented on January 21, 2019 with the option of implementing 3 burden-reducing provisions before January 21, 2019.


Thank you for your interest in research that is being conducted by a Colorado State University faculty, graduate student, or staff member.

Research that is conducted by CSU researchers is reviewed by the CSU Institutional Review Board (IRB) ethics committee. Members of this committee review each project’s risks and benefits. The IRB is made up of faculty from across campus at Colorado State University and also members of the Fort Collins community at large. You can find more information about the IRB here.

Deciding if you would like to volunteer to be in a research study? The lead researcher (referred to as the Principal Investigator) will give you all the information you need about the study in order to decide if the study is right for you. If you have questions about the research at any time during the study, please feel free to contact the researchers directly.

For more information about being a volunteer in research, please click here to read a booklet from Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP) entitled: “Becoming a Research Volunteer: It’s Your Decision.” Another online resource to help you decide if you would like to participate in a research project is

If you have questions or concerns about your rights as a volunteer, please feel free to contact the CSU IRB Chair or an IRB Coordinator.