Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects (IRB)
Established in response to federal mandates resulting from the 1979 "Belmont Report" (Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research) of the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research, the federal regulations are "Title 45, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 46." Links to both documents may be found below.
Do YOU need the IRB?
OHRP - Office of Human Research Protections, DHHS Comprehensive site for all federal regulations and guidance
HIPAA - Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, DHHS Health records privacy regulations and information
- Do you or your students use human subjects in research or class research assignments?
- Do you or your students conduct surveys with any persons or institutions outside of the University of Scranton community?
- Do you or your students use members of the University of Scranton community outside of your own classes?
- Do you or your students plan to publish the results of your project?
- Have you been contacted by any persons outside of the University who wish to use members of the University of Scranton community as research subjects?
If you answered YES to any question above - YOU DO NEED THE IRB*.
All research projects using human subjects, classroom assignments as well as individual research, must be submitted for review. No phase of a project may begin until approval is obtained.
*Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects.
Note: If your department has a Departmental Review Board (DRB), contact your department chair for procedures.
Contact the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) - IMBM 200
Tabbi Miller-Scandle, Director