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About IRB

The Institutional Review Board protects the rights of humans in research and maintains confidentiality of data. History has demonstrated the need for appropriate oversight which resulted in the regulations we have today.

Activities that may require IRB review & approval:

- Human participant surveys
- Collecting or using data about humans
- Use of human tissues/specimens
- Activities involving interaction or intervention with human participants
- Data about identifiable living persons when the data is not publicly available
- Data or samples that can be linked to an identifiable living person IRB Meeting schedules

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) meets monthly. These meetings are open to the public. The meeting times are currently the first Tuesday of the Month from 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM. Should you wish to attend the meeting please contact the Office of Research Assurances to verify the meeting time, date and location. You may reach us at (208) 885-6162.

A. Function
1. The federal government requires the University to designate an Institutional Review Board (IRB) to ensure that human participant research conducted under the auspices of the University meets federal requirements. Under the approved federal-wide assurance (FWA00005639) for the University, the IRB shall apply the regulations set forth by HHS at 45 CFR 46 to all human participant research, regardless of funding source, and shall be guided by the ethical principles set forth in The Belmont Report: Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research of the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects. The IRB shall also apply the human participant research regulations established by the Food and Drug Administration for clinical investigations involving drugs, biologics, medical devices, and other test articles. (21 CFR 50; 56; 312, and 812). The IRB shall act in conformance with other federal laws and regulations germane to human participant research and with state and local law that serve to elucidate and supplement federal regulations for human subject research.

2. Research that has been approved by the IRB may be subject to further review and approval or disapproval by University officials. However, University officials may not approve research that has not been approved by the IRB. (45 CFR 46.112).
The committee also serves as an advisory body to the VP for Research and Economic Development for Human Subjects/Participants Research Matters.

B. Structure and Membership.
1. The IRB is a faculty-chaired committee.

2. It shall have at least five members, with varying backgrounds to promote complete and adequate review of research activities commonly conducted at the University of Idaho [45 CFR 46.107(a)].

3. The position of Manager of the Office of Research Assurances serves in the capacity of a non-voting standing committee member to assist in representing institutional commitments and regulations, [45 CFR 46.107(a)].

4. The IRB shall include one member whose primary concerns are in scientific areas and one member whose main concerns are in nonscientific areas [45 CFR 46.107(c)].

5. The IRB shall include one member who is not otherwise affiliated with the institution and who is not part of the immediate family of a person who is affiliated with the institution [45 CFR 46.107(d)].

6. The IRB may, in its discretion, invite individuals with competence in special areas to assist in the review of issues which require expertise beyond or in addition to that available on the IRB. These individuals may not vote with the IRB [45 CFR 46.107(f)].

7. The Signatory Official, who is the VP for Research and Economic Development may remove and replace a committee member at any time If and when he/she determines that the member is unwilling or unable to carry out committee functions.