Institutional Review Board

“An institutional review board (IRB), also known as an independent ethics committee (IEC), ethical review board (ERB), or research ethics board (REB), is a type of committee that applies research ethics by reviewing the methods proposed for research to ensure that they are ethical. Such boards are formally designated to approve (or reject), monitor, and review biomedical and behavioral research involving humans. They often conduct some form of risk-benefit analysis in an attempt to determine whether or not research should be completed. The purpose of the IRB is to assure that appropriate steps are taken to protect the rights and welfare of humans participating as subjects in a research study. Along with developed countries, many developing countries have established National, regional or local Institutional Review Boards in order to safeguard ethical conduct of research concerning both national and international norms, regulations or codes.” —

BOTTOM LINE: If you want your clinical trial or study to qualify for publication in a peer reviewed journal you must FIRST have your Protocol approved by an IRB. The work of the IRB, to assure that proper ethical standards are maintained and that the safety and informed consent rights of participants are respected, must occur prior to the start of the clinical trial or study.

The IHRIRB operates through committees established for various areas of research. The Guidelines state:

“The IHRIRB operates through Committees with special knowledge in various areas of health research.  The Chairperson of the IRB and the President of the IHR are members of the Committees and the Chairperson shall appoint, and may remove, a Committee Chair and such other members as may be reasonable and necessary for the functioning thereof, upon the Committee Chair’s recommendation.  Each Committee shall be entitled “IRB Committee on __________.” Some subcommittee areas shall include:  Homeopathy, Nutraceuticals, Nutrients, Regenerative Dentistry, and similar.”

Our NGO services include helping researchers prepare proper Research Protocols to meet IRB ethical standards.

This Section includes:

Guidelines and Rules
Protocol Outline
Sample Protocol