All research conducted under the auspices of Temple University, Japan Campus, that involves human subjects must be reviewed and approved by the TUJ Institutional Review Board (IRB). The TUJ IRB is chaired by the Director of Research at TUJ.


The primary mission of the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP)  is to ensure the protection of rights, privacy and welfare of all human participants in research programs conducted by TU and associated faculty, professional staff, and students. Coexistent with participant protection is the goal of providing quality service to enhance the conduct of research. It should be clear that the IRB is not a peer review committee that serves to critique or limit research.

The IRB serves only to insure that the rights of subjects and potential subjects are protected. It is the primary intent of the IRB to insure that the potential subject is provided with sufficient information to enable him/her to make a free and informed decision about his/her participation in the research project.

The TUJ IRB has the authority to review, approve, modify or disapprove research protocols submitted by faculty, staff and student investigators.

Rules and Regulations

The IRB review process is guided by federal rules and regulations of the US government as they govern all research conducted at Temple University. These rules and regulations are based on the Protection of Human Subject Code of Federal Regulations, the Belmont Report and provisions of 45CFR46 - Protection of Human Subjects requiring institutions receiving federal funds to have all research involving human participants be approved by an IRB. In addition, TUJ follows rules and regulations that conform to the Japanese laws governing research.


All TUJ researchers must complete the IRB coversheet and the Research proposal forms and submit them to the TUJ IRB at All proposals will be reviewed within 3 weeks of submission. If the proposal requires additional review by the TU IRB in Philadelphia or an extended review by TUJ legal counsel, researchers will be notified.

 Additional Guidelines from Temple University, Philadelphia