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Institutional Review Board

Institutional Review Board

The IRB (Institutional Review Board) is a federally mandated body established under the DHHS regulations for the Protection of Human Subjects (45 CFR 46). Its purpose is to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects recruited to participate in research activities conducted under the auspices of Clemson University (CU).

The guiding ethical principles of the IRB are embodied in the Belmont Report: Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research (The National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research, April 18, 1979). The principles of respect for persons, beneficence and justice are accepted as critical considerations for the ethical conduct of human subjects research.

University policy requires that all research involving human subjects be reviewed and approved by CU's IRB prior to initiation of the research. This requirement applies to all human subjects research conducted by faculty, staff, and students, on- and off-campus, regardless of the funding support, if any, for the project.

Research involving human subjects includes the recruitment of potential participants in research, collection of data about or from human subjects (including surveys) and the use of existing data (including specimens). Any changes to a project after IRB approval must be submitted for review and approval before implementation. Continuing review is also required at regular intervals for certain protocols.

The CU IRB requires Principal Investigators and all other research team members to complete and document appropriate training in the protection of human subjects. Additionally, the IRB is tasked with monitoring ongoing research for adherence to Federal regulations and institutional policies and procedures.

We at the Clemson IRB are excited about the research being done in our community, and we look forward to working with you.

NEW: IRB Summer Office Hours

During the summer semester of 2014, the Institutional Review Board will be offering office hours for advisement on planning research, as well as consulting on completion/revision of IRB applications. Researchers with projects involving Human Subjects Research are encouraged to attend a consultation. These office hours will be held by Laura Moll, IRB Administrator, and Keanau Ormson, IRB student-intern, and are as follows:

221 Brackett Hall

12:00-1:00PM Mondays & Wednesdays

9:00-11:00AM Thursdays

Though researchers are encouraged to visit during these hours, appointments can be made outside of these hours. Feel free to email irb@clemson.edu or call (864)-656-6460 to schedule appointments or to ask any additional questions.

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