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Basic Information

CPHS Purview

CPHS is the institutional review board (IRB) for all of the departments under the California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHSA). See Instructions, page 8 for a list of departments under CHHSA. CPHS is also the IRB required to review all research-related requests for state personal information to the University of California and non-profit educational institutions. CPHS must also approve research requests for Death Data from the California Department of Public Health.

CPHS Protocol Submissions

CPHS has transitioned to a new electronic protocol submission and approval system, IRBManager. View the IRBManager Manual for Researchers for technical information and screen shots about registering for and utilizing this system.

CPHS Review Process

Depending on the type of research being executed, review may be conducted at a convened meeting of CPHS or completed on an expedited basis. Expedited reviews may have one to three reviewers. Most projects that have any contact with human subjects, such as a survey or collection of specimens, must be initially approved at a convened meeting. If they are deemed to be minimal risk, all subsequent reviews may be done on an expedited basis. All data-only projects are approved on an expedited basis.

CPHS Meetings

CPHS meetings are held on the first Friday of even-numbered months (February, April, June, August, October, and December) from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Meetings are held in Sacramento at 2020 West El Camino Avenue, Room 300, Sacramento, CA. The schedule and location of upcoming meetings and the agendas for those meetings are available on OSHPD's Public Meeting page. Researchers are encouraged to appear in person, but may attend by telephone if arrangements are made in advance with the CPHS Administrator. All meetings are open to the public and conducted in compliance with the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act.

CPHS Members

The 13 CPHS members are volunteers who are appointed by the Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHSA). Members are chosen for their expertise in differing fields of research and abilities to represent and understand the needs of diverse research subjects, particularly those who may be vulnerable due to factors such as age, socio-economic status, ethnicity, or medical conditions. Detailed information about current CPHS members is available on the CPHS Members page.

Contact Information

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CPHS Administrator

Lucila Martinez, Administrator
California Health and Human Services Agency
Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects
2020 West El Camino Avenue, Suite 1000
Sacramento, CA 95833
Phone: (916) 326-3661

CPHS Assistant Administrator

Melanie Rivera, Assistant Administrator
California Health and Human Services Agency
Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects
2020 West El Camino Avenue, Suite 1000
Sacramento, CA 95833
Phone: (916) 326-3660

CPHS Chair

Juan Ruiz, MD, DrPH, MPH
Chief, Preparedness and Response Section
California Department of Public Health
Phone: (916) 326-3660


This page was last updated on Tuesday, July 11, 2017.