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Recent Announcements

New NIH Policy on Single IRB Review

On June 21, 2016, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released the Final NIH Policy on the Use of a Single Institutional Review Board for Multi-Site Research.

The policy, effective May 25, 2017, requires that all sites participating in human subjects research funded by NIH utilize a single IRB (sIRB). The sIRB will provide IRB review for all participating sites and all sites will be expected to accept the review and approval of the sIRB. Read more about the policy and IU’s response HERE.

IU Human Research Protection Program Receives Full Reaccreditation

The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) has granted Indiana University full reaccreditation status.

The IU HRPP has been accredited since 2005 and now includes the human research programs on all Indiana University campuses.

Welcome to the Human Subjects Office

The IU Human Subjects Office is the administrative office that supports the Indiana University Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), which are responsible for the review and approval of all research involving human subjects conducted at IU and its affiliated institutions. The HSO administers the human research protection program (HRPP) at IU. IU’s HRPP, which will include the regional campuses effective July 1, 2015, is accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP).

The HSO includes about 30 staff members who support more than 5,000 active human subjects studies, seven IRBs, and the IRB Executive Committee comprised of Chairs and Vice Chairs of each IRB. HSO staff are experts in human subjects protections, and about half have achieved the Certified IRB Professional certification. Staff are divided into three teams, each of which serves a specific set of IU departments. Each department is assigned to a designated staff member who serves as the main contact for that department. Department/team listings are available in HSO Support Teams.

Please see the links below for more information on how to conduct human subjects research at Indiana University (or an affiliated institution).

Lifecycle Basic Steps

1. Level of review

How to decide if your study needs review and how it should be submitted to the IRB

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2. Getting started

Information and preparation needed prior to submitting to the IRB

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3. Submission

How to submit a study to the IRB

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4. Review

What does the IRB do, and how does the process work?

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5. Post-Approval

What happens after my study is approved?

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