Any project involving human subjects, research, sponsored or non-sponsored, conducted by employees of University of the Sciences, or involving non-public information held by the University will be reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board for research using criteria similar to those applied to federally-funded research and consistent with the principles outlined in the Belmont Report.
All "personnel" listed on the proposal are required to complete training in human subjects research with regard to common concepts, principles, and issues related to protection of human participants, including principles of bioethics and basic legal standards. Proof of completion of such training is a required document for protocol submissions to the IRB. (See Resources for Investigators below.)
All protocols for IRB approval (including revisions and renewals) must be submitted electronically via IRBNet, and all review decision letters will be issued electronically via IRBNet.
Please review the IRBNet User Guide available via IRBNet or the Campus Portal/Blackboard.
All projects are reviewed periodically depending on degree of risk, but in no case less frequently than every 12 months. Investigators are required to submit a project report for IRB continuing review or termination of a project. The Continuing Review or Termination Report form is available on IRBNet.
Any changes in the approved research protocol or consent form must be approved by the IRB prior to implementation. Submit a “Request for Protocol Review” form, available on the Campus Portal/Blackboard as an amendment:
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) issued the Privacy Rule to implement the requirement of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”). A major goal of the Privacy Rule is to assure that individuals’ health information is properly protected while allowing the flow of health information needed to provide and promote high quality health care and to protect the public's health and well being.
Researchers are advised to review the HIPAA Privacy Rule for Research to determine if protocol requires HIPAA.
Protocols that require full IRB Committee review should be submitted at least 2 weeks prior to the scheduled meeting date. Investigators are encouraged to attend the meeting on the day when their protocol is being reviewed, if a full review is taking place; if you plan to attend an IRB meeting please notify firstname.lastname@example.org at least one week in advance for location.
Meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month from 6:15-7:15pm.
The USciences IRB is registered with the United States Department of Health & Human Services. The IRB Federalwide Assurance (FWA) Protection for Human Subjects (FWA00001629) is in effect until October 18, 2018.
Educational materials related to human subjects research are
also available at University of the Sciences. For additional information, email the IRB Administrator email@example.com.