COVID-19 Guidance for Human Subjects Research
This page provides UC Berkeley and agency guidance for UC Berkeley investigators related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and human subjects research. The page will be updated as new information is available.
The Office for Protection of Human Subjects continues to operate during normal business hours with staff working remotely. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email the OPHS staff at OPHS@berkeley.edu but please do not call us.
HIPAA-Compliant Zoom Meetings
Principal investigators: If you are conducting human subjects research that involves the use/transmission and/or collection of Personal Health Information (PHI) that is covered by HIPAA regulations, UC Berkeley does have access to HIPAA-compliant Zoom meetings, which can be associated either with an individual or department (Special Purpose Account) that can be shared amongst team members. Anyone who has the need for a HIPAA-compliant Zoom account, can order one by submitting a service request in the Telecom catalog. For questions about HIPAA-compliant Zoom, they can call 664-9000, options 2,1 or send email to email@example.com.
Supplemental Guidelines for Resumption of Human Subjects Research: Supercedes 3/13/2020, 3/20/2020, 6/17/2020, 8/31/2020, and 10/1/2020 guidance (11/5/2020)
As of Thursday, January 28, 2021, non-affiliated subjects (i.e. those who are not UCB faculty, staff, students or postdocs) may not come on campus. This temporary restriction will remain in effect until further notice.
Note: As described in the Supplemental Guidelines for Resumption of Human Subjects Research, linked above, investigators who wish to bring non-affiliated subjects to campus must fill out this tracking sheet each day/week, to list the total number of non-affiliated human subjects scheduled to come to campus over the following days/week. See the Guidelines for additional information.
- Letter to researchers with approved human subjects research protocol: In-person research interaction to cease immediately (3/20/2020)
- Letter to PIs regarding the conduct of HSR and the COVID-19 Pandemic: COVID-19 and Human Subjects Research (3/13/2020)
- Clarification re: Screening for COVID-19 in HSR