30. Responsibilities: Institutional Review Boards

The primary purpose of the University's IRBs is to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects involved in research activities conducted under the authority of the University. As a secondary purpose, the IRBs seek to ensure that the University, and affiliate and collaborating institutions and investigators are compliant with the ethical standards and regulations governing such research.

The IRBs achieve these aims through the review and continuing oversight of human subjects research as follows:

  • The IRBs ensure the criteria are met for IRB approval as listed in §46.111 and 21 CFR 56.111.
  • IRB chairs and members must execute their responsibilities in accordance with other applicable federal, state, local and international law; and University policies.
  • The IRB may assist investigators in the design of ethical and regulatory-compliant human subjects research activities.

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