Commonly Asked Questions

Who are the members of the HSRC Committee?
The Human Subjects Review Committee consists of qualified members from all five of the following categories:
  • Health Care Agency Public Health Services

  • Health Care Agency Behavioral Health Services

  • Health Care Agency Medical Services

  • Health Care Agency Health Policy and Communication

  • Outside agency or department

Do I need to have my research proposal reviewed by the HSRC?
All research, sponsored either directly or indirectly by the Health Care Agency, in which human subjects are utilized must be reviewed by the Human Subjects Review Committee. Furthermore, any proposal for such an activity must be reviewed and approved by the committee before it can be undertaken, and annually until completion.
Are there any other steps I need to follow before I submit my research proposal to the HSRC?

Submit the research proposal to the Deputy Agency Director of the Health Care Agency program involved in the research. The director must sign the Research Proposal Signature form.
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  • Deputy Agency Director, Public Health
    Bldg. 38X
  • Deputy Agency Director, Behavioral Health
    Bldg. 38X
  • Deputy Agency Director, Medical Services
    Bldg. 38X
To whom do I submit my research proposal after the Research Proposal Signature form is signed?

Mail to:

Health Policy and Communication
405 W. 5th Street, Suite 458
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Attention: Curtis Condon, Ph.D

OR

Send by pony to: Bldg. 38-S
Attention: Curtis Condon, Ph.D

How will I know if my proposal has been approved?
An official approval form signed by the Chair of the HSRC will be sent to the primary investigator or designee. Download form
How long does it take for the HSRC to review the research proposal?
Approximately two weeks.
Annual Approval Process
How often do I need to follow renewal procedures for my study?
Annually, until the project is completed (unless otherwise specified by the HSRC).
What steps do I need to follow?
  1. Complete the HSRC Status Report form. Download form If another form is used the same information must be included:
  • Name of primary investigator, title of research, project start and anticipated end date, number of subjects accrued to date and expected total number of subjects.
  • Brief project summary
  • Progress of the project
  • Adverse events (if any) encountered in the course of the research
  • Recent literature (if any) associated with research project
  • Current copy of consent form and any changes made to consent form after initial approval by HSRC.
  • Signature of primary investigator, (and typed name), date of signature and telephone number where investigator may be reached.
  1. Provide copy of updated IRB approval if study is affiliated with a university or other external institution.
Final Report
What does the HSRC require if the study is terminated or has been completed?

Complete the HSRC Final Report form. If another form is used the same information must be included:

  • Name of primary investigator and title of research. project start and end date, and number of subjects.
  • Summary of project.
  • Findings/conclusions.
  • Benefits derived from the study (for the subjects and in general).
  • Any adverse events encountered during the course of the study. Signature of primary investigator, (and typed name), date of signature and telephone number where investigator may be reached.
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