Institutional Review Boards

What is the role of an IRB?

Key Points

  • Institutional Review Boards/Committees are multidisciplinary teams established to review research proposals that involve human subjects, in order to protect human rights and promote ethical research conduct.
  • IRBs/IRCs may approve, disapprove, or recommend modifications to research proposals to ensure that appropriate steps are taken to protect the research participants’ health, safety, and welfare.

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