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5: Independence of IRBs

To insure the consistent and unbiased application of the requirements for human research protection, IRBs must have the authority to make human research determinations and must be allowed to function independently of the organization in making these determinations.

  • The IRBs function independently of, but in coordination with, other institutional regulatory committees. Approval by other institutional bodies cannot substitute for IRB approval.
  • IRB disapprovals may not be superseded by other institutional authorities although studies which receive IRB approval may be deemed inappropriate for conduct at the University by other institutional authorities.

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