The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is primarily a faculty committee charged with reviewing all human subjects research to ensure the protection of human subjects. Any and all research that uses human subjects must be submitted to the IRB for review.
The IRB must ensure:
The IRB has the authority and the responsibility to disapprove any research project that does not meet all of these requirements.
See the list of current IRB members.
Research is any systematic investigation that contributes to generalizable knowledge. For an investigation to be considered research, its goals must include dissemination of some sort. Investigations that are meant simply to describe what is being investigated are not considered research, nor is any investigation in which a goal is not to disseminate the information at all.
Human subjects research includes any research that uses individuals and/or information about them. Any investigation that includes data collected from or about humans is considered human-subjects research, even if the investigator has no direct contact with individuals, and must be submitted to the IRB for review.
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