Institutional Review Board (IRB)


The Institutional Review Board is charged with the following:

  1. To review and approve all research involving humans conducted by faculty, staff, or students acting as representatives of Manchester University.
  2. To inform the Academic Policies Committee of changes in institutional policy regarding the “Ethics Guidelines for Research Involving Humans and/or Vertebrate Animal Subjects.”
  3. To foster the research process at Manchester University.


Please follow the steps below to submit an application for either expedited or formal review. (Most studies at MU fall under expedited research.)

  1. Student IRB application materials must be reviewed and approved by a faculty member before submission.
  2. Complete the Application for Expedited Research Review e-form to confirm your project qualifies for expedited review.  If you are able to complete the checklist, please complete the following steps:
    1. Complete information in required boxes.
    2. Attach required description of research to the e-form.
    3. Attached required informed consent to the e-form. (See sample.)
    4. Include any surveys or other needed documentation.
    5. Submit the e-form.
  3. If your project does not meet all the criteria for an expedited review, please complete and submit the formal review form.


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. If the research project is funded by a state or federal agency, this human subjects training is required.


Email the Institutional Review Board at:

Expedited applications from the Pharmacy Program are reviewed year-round. All other application are reviewed from the first day of class until the last day of class before finals during the fall and spring semesters.

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