Who We Are

PRIM&R advances ethical research through services and programs for the research oversight community.

About PRIM&R

Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, founded in 1974 that works to ensure the highest ethical standards in research by providing education, membership, and other professional resources to the research and research oversight community, including those who work with human subjects protections programs (HRPPs), institutional review boards (IRBs), animal care and use programs, and institutional animal care and use committees (IACUCs). 

PRIM&R fosters a deep understanding of the ethical principles governing research; practical strategies for implementing regulations that protect human research subjects and ensure the welfare of research animals through conferences, certification, and educational programs. PRIM&R offers many opportunities to network with peers across the research enterprise.

PRIM&R provides two credential programs, the Certified IRB Professional (CIP®) and Certified Professional in IACUC Administration (CPIA®) credentials, to formalize and document the expertise necessary for effective and appropriate research ethics support.

A community of over 25,000 individuals, including 4,000 members, from around the world connect through PRIM&R's programs on a shared commitment to the centrality of ethics in the advancement of science and medicine.

Engaging in public policy, PRIM&R offers an expert opinion to the rule-making and advisory bodies governing the research enterprise.