Institutional Review Board (IRB)

PURPOSE

The Institutional Review Board is charged with the following:

  1. To review and approve all research involving humans and non-human animals (as animals are defined in the Laboratory Animal Welfare Act of 1966 as amended) conducted by faculty, staff, or students acting as representatives of Manchester University.
  2. To appoint a subcommittee consisting of three of its faculty members to serve as the Research Review Board (RRB).
  3. To receive proposals from Manchester University faculty or staff dealing with research involving human or non-human animals (as defined above).
  4. To review the policies and practices related to human and non-human animal (as defined above) research at Manchester University.
  5. To inform the Academic Policies Committee of changes in institutional policy regarding the “Ethics Guidelines for Research Involving Humans and/or Vertebrate Animal Subjects.”
  6. To periodically inform faculty of the Institutional Review Board requirements regarding research. RESEARCH REVIEW

Please use the forms below to request approval for research. Forms should be submitted to the IRB chair.

HUMAN SUBJECTS
Application for Expedited Research Ethics Review Checklist (IRB form 1)
Use this form if you are able to meet all criteria for an expedited review as stated on pages 1-2.

Formal Research Ethics Review Application (IRB form 2)

Use this form if you are unable to meet all of the criteria for an expedited review as stated on pages 1-2 of IRB form 1.

NON-HUMAN ANIMAL SUBJECTS

Exemption from Formal Ethics Review Checklist (IRB form 3)
Use this form if you are able to meet all criteria for an expedited review as stated on page 1.

Formal Ethics Review Application (IRB form 4)
Use this form if you are unable to meet all of the criteria for an expedited review as stated on page 1 of IRB form 3.

FOR INFORMATION

Informed Consent (IRB form 5)

Information to be included as part of informed consent for purposes of research involving human subjects.

USDA Definition of Animal (IRB form 6)

USDA definition of “Animal” for purposes related to the regulation of animal welfare and research.

LINKS

Office of Human Subjects Research

The OHSR, part of the National Institute of Health, issues regulations for the protection of human subjects of research and provides instruction and guidance in ethical issues associated with such research. OHSR information sheets include guidelines for writing research protocols and for writing informed consent documents.

Tutorial on Protecting Human Research Participants

This free tutorial is offered by the National Institute of Health’s Office of Extramural Research. Although it is recommended by the IRB, completion is not required for approval.

CONTACT

E-mail the Institutional Review Board Chair at:
IRBChair@manchester.edu

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