Purpose of the IRB
The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee designated to review and approve research involving human participants before the start of such research, and to conduct periodic reviews of such research.
The IRB aims to protect the rights and welfare of human participants in research. It has the authority to approve, disapprove, or require modifications of research activities that fall within its jurisdiction. The IRB may work independently or in conjunction with other universities and institutional committees to review research projects. Any risk to participating in research should be outweighed by the potential benefits of the research.
We follow the guidelines established by:
Title 45 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 46
federal and state guidelines
the Belmont Report
the International Code of Harmonization
All research activities are overseen for DHHS by the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP). Other agencies that the IRB reports to include the Office of Research Integrity, funding agencies, and USU’s institutional official. The Vice President for Research is the institutional official responsible for administering the program and ensuring compliance with the Public Health Service Act, Protection of Human Participants and 45 CFR 46. In order to remain consistent with some specifications in the Public Health Service Act, all parts of this handbook that are not specific to USU are taken directly from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regulatory language.