The Institutional Review Board (IRB) plays a crucial role in ensuring the protection and welfare of human research subjects participating in studies conducted within our institution. Committed to upholding ethical standards, the IRB is an administrative body responsible for overseeing and reviewing all research activities involving human participants.
What is The Institutional Review Board (IRB)?
The IRB serves as a vital safeguard, ensuring that research studies prioritize the welfare, rights, and privacy of human subjects. It operates in accordance with federal regulations and institutional policies, evaluating research proposals before their initiation. This applies to both funded and non-funded research projects.
The IRB has the authority to approve, exempt, disapprove, monitor, and request modifications in research activities falling under its jurisdiction. All studies involving human participants must receive IRB review and approval. The IRB conducts thorough assessments of research protocols, considering their institutional, legal, scientific, and social implications.
Comprised of a minimum of five members from diverse backgrounds, the IRB ensures comprehensive and well-rounded review of human research projects. This multidisciplinary approach allows for a thorough examination of the ethical aspects of each study. The IRB includes members who are not affiliated with the institution and those who are not scientists, adding valuable perspectives to the review process.
To enhance the quality of its reviews, the IRB consults with subject matter experts who provide specialized advice and guidance. These consultants have relevant expertise and periodically contribute to the protocol review process.
Compliance and Oversight
Our IRB adheres to federal regulations, such as 45 CFR 46, overseen by the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) within the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). Furthermore, the IRB follows additional requirements for clinical trials of drugs (21 CFR 56.111) and studies supported by the Department of Defense. The IRB operates within our institution’s Human Research Protection Program, ensuring adherence to ethical principles and regulatory frameworks.
Your Research’s Ethical Foundation
By engaging with our IRB, you can be confident that your research involving human subjects will be conducted in an ethically sound and responsible manner. Our dedicated IRB members and expert consultants are committed to safeguarding the rights, safety, and welfare of research participants, promoting the highest standards of research integrity.
Contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org to begin the IRB review process for your research study and establish a strong ethical foundation for your project.