Institutional Review Board (IRB)
Who we are The Institutional Review Board is charged with the responsibility of protecting the rights and welfare of human subjects participating in research under the auspices of the institution with which it is affiliated. The University’s program on human research protection is based on the three basic ethical tenets of respect for persons, beneficence and justice, and the application of these tenets set forth in the Belmont Report, issued in 1979 by the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research.
Georgia State University’s Institutional Review Board will apply these tenants to all human subjects research, regardless of funding.
AnnouncementsChanges in FERPA Research Requirements
Georgia State University works diligently to maintain compliance with all federal regulations impacting the rights and welfare of human subjects participating in research. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that gives parents certain rights with respect to their children’s educational records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level.
To stay in compliance with FERPA, it is necessary for researchers at GSU to meet new requirements in their IRB applications. If you conduct human subjects research that will involve data from student educational records such as class work, grades, attendance records, communications, projects, classroom tests, standardized tests, journals, or SAT/ACT scores, even if this information is from your own classes or students, this correspondence is applicable to your research endeavors. Guidance on IRB requirements and how FERPA regulations impact your research can be found at: www.gsu.edu/irb/ferpa.
Implementation of FERPA guidelines is effective July 15, 2015.
Changes to Model Informed Consent Form
A new Compensation Section has been added to the model informed consent form. All new submissions must use the new version of the model informed consent. Please see the following link to access the model informed consent form: http://ursa.research.gsu.edu/repo/modelInformedConsent.docx
New Form in iRIS for Authorization Agreements
Authorization agreements are used when one institution relies on the review of another institution’s IRB. If you wish to have an authorization agreement in place, a new form is available in iRIS.
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- General IRB Information and Contacts
- Georgia State’s Federal Wide Assurance, registration, and institutional official information, as well as contact information for the IRB staff members is available. Contact the IRB staff for questions, concerns, or suggestions about your participation in research. IRB staff can also be contacted by researchers and research staff to express concerns, convey suggestions, or ask questions about human research protection programs.
- Getting Started with IRB
- New faculty members or students to the IRB process can find more information here.
- Application Information
- Explanations of the applications and step-by-step guides on many IRB actions are available.
- Electronic Submission of IRB Applications
- All applications to the IRB will be made through iRIS. This system facilitates the online, electronic submission and monitoring of protocols, adverse events, renewals and amendments.
- Required Education and Training
- All researchers, staff, students, and others who interact with human subjects in the performance of research and assisting in research must complete required on-line educational program on the Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI), a comprehensive web-based program before the Institutional Review Board (IRB) may accept a proposal.
- Informed Consent Process
- All subjects must be adequately consented to participate in research.
- Studies Designated as Not Human Subjects Research
- The IRB must review all studies involving research with human subjects. The application for designation of not human subjects research can be used to determine if IRB review is required.
- Meeting Dates and Deadlines
- The IRB meets once monthly. Those protocols that require review by the full board must be submitted by the posted deadline.
- IRB Members
- A complete list of the IRB members and their area of expertise is provided.
- Listserv Mailing List
- The ResearchNewsNet listserv was created to distribute updates and other relevant changes through email to all Principal Investigators.
- IRB Manual
- The IRB Manual contains the rationale, responsibilities, policies, and regulations for the IRB.
- Community Information
- Community members interested in human subjects research can find additional information here.
- Additional Information