Institutional Review Board (IRB)
Welcome to the Institutional Review Board!
An Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee established to review research involving human subjects. All research that involves humans as participants requires IRB review and approval prior to initiation of the study. The primary purpose of IRBs is to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects involved in research under their authority. ETSU has established two IRBs to review research from the Main Campus, Medical Campus, and Quillen VA Medical Center. The ETSU/VA Medical and Campus IRBs are an important part of ETSU's Human Research Protection Program.
The Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) is an institution-wide program dedicated to the protection of human research participants and reports to the Vice Provost for Research. The HRPP assists the University in meeting its legal, regulatory, and ethical obligations and routinely collaborates with other offices across the University, as well as community partners, on various programs and initiatives related to research that foster compliance, quality, efficiency, and the protection of human participants.
In addition to managing the research submitted for IRB review, the HRPP provides educational support to principal investigators and their research staff, provides administrative and regulatory support to the ETSU IRBs, and works closely with external institutions when ETSU relies on external IRBs for oversight of research. ETSU's HRPP has been fully accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) since 2005.
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