Institutional Review Board
The Institutional Review board (IRB) is a committee that reviews research projects to help ensure that the rights of research participants are protected. IRBs are guided by the ethical principles applied to all research involving human subjects, as set forth in the report of the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research, entitled The Belmont Report – Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research.
The IRB has been formally designated by the Board of Directors of Christiana Care Health System in compliance with pertinent Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) regulations.
The IRB is empowered by this authority to review, to approve the initiation of, and to conduct continuing review of biomedical and social-behavioral research involving human subjects.
No intervention or interaction with human subjects in research, including recruitment, may begin until the IRB has reviewed and approved the research protocol.