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Expressing Concerns or Complaints about Research

April 2016

It is the policy of the Organization that the Office of Human Subjects Research (OHSR) and the JHM IRBs will receive and respond to complaints or other concerns from research participants, investigators, research staff, and members of the community as part of the human subject research oversight process.  (See Organization Policy on Concerns and Complaints from Research Participants, Investigators, Research Staff, and the Community).

How may a person express concerns or complaints about the conduct of a research study?

If possible, concerns or complaints should be discussed first with the Principal Investigator (PI) of the study.  Otherwise, the individual with the concern or complaint may contact either the OHSR or the Johns Hopkins Compliance Line.  Concerns or complaints may be communicated directly to OHSR staff by calling the main office line (410-955-3008) or through the JHM IRB email address ( The anonymous JH Compliance Line is available to anyone in the Organization, 24 hours a day, and is an independently administered, toll-free hot line at 1-877-WE COMPLY (1-877-932-6675).  (See: