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Human Research Quality Review & Education Program

The Human Research Quality Review & Education Program is a joint collaboration between Human Research Compliance and the Joint Clinical Trials Office Quality Assurance Unit. Through quality review and educational initiatives, the program intends to provide reasonable assurance of the integrity of all human research, improve human research protections, and identify quality improvement areas when necessary.

Goals of the Program

  • Ensure research is conducted ethically, safely, legally and in compliance with the protocol and institutional IRB policies and procedures.
  • Raise awareness of requirements and promote researchers’ accountability.
  • Ensure the conduct of the research does not compromise the integrity of the results.
  • Evaluate institutional needs to create training and education.

Services Provided

  • Routine quality review
  • For-Cause audits
  • Investigator-requested audits
  • External audit preparation
  • Human research education

Learn about our program from the FAQ below and contact the Quality Review & Education team at with questions.

Downloadable Resources
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) PDF
Self-Assessment Form – Send to upon completion.Microsoft Word
Investigator Quality Review Preparation Checklist – Prepare for your upcoming audit or quality review.Microsoft Word

Advisory Committee

The purpose of the Advisory Committee is to provide oversight of the Human Research Quality Review & Education Program and its impact on the Weill Cornell Human Research Protections Program and associated educational initiatives.


Membership shall be representative of the Weill Cornell research community and include voting members who are physicians, IRB members, study and regulatory coordinators, and non-voting members, such as audit team members from the Human Research Compliance Office and the Joint Clinical Trials Office Quality Assurance Unit.


  • Review metrics, identify trends, and make education and policy recommendations
  • Identify strategic educational goals and quality improvement initiatives