IRB (Institutional Review Board)

Week of July 7:  IRB Policies and Forms Websites are Changing!!

As part of the IRB's Process Improvement Project, the IRB Policies and Forms web pages are getting a makeover.  The updated website is expected to go live the week of July 7.  Bookmarks and links to the old pages will be redirected to a new, combined Policies and Forms page.

What you will see:

- All IRB policies, forms, guidance, etc. on a single page

- Easy-to-navigate drop-down menus for various categories of materials

- An Investigator Resources section that includes:

  • New Investigator Guidance documents and
  • New and improved help sheets and other tools to help you with the IRB submission process and the ongoing conduct of your study.

A Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) section that includes policies, procedures, and tools with the criteria that the IRB uses to review your study.  The IRB has already adopted these as part of its Process Improvement Project.  We hope that by making them available to you, they will help you prepare your research project in a way that complies with the regulations and provides all of the information the IRB needs for its review.

Important Note:  There were no significant changes to policy with this update.  The new documents look and feel different, but you shouldn't need to take any action in order to comply with the new investigator guidance if you were in compliance with the policies and procedures posted previously.

If you need help finding something on the new site, or want to share feedback or suggestions, please call or email our help desk! 
Phone: 503-494-7887, option 1
Email: irb@ohsu.edu.

What is Human Subject Research?


The Code of Federal regulations defines Research as:

"A systematic investigation, including research development, testing and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge." [45 CFR 46.102(d)]

and defines Human Subjects as:

"...living individual(s) about whom an investigator (whether professional or student) conducting research obtains (1) data through intervention or interaction with the individual , or (2) identifiable private information." [45 CFR 46.102(f)(1-2)]

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