DSU Institutional Review Board reviews research projects which involve human subjects to ensure that subjects are not under any risks and that they have uncoerced and informed consent to their participation.
What is an IRB?
Under FDA regulations, an IRB is an appropriately constituted group that has been formally designated to review and monitor research involving human subjects. In accordance with OHRP guidelines and FDA regulations, an IRB has the authority to approve, require modifications in (to secure approval), or disapprove research. This group review serves an important role in the protection of the rights and welfare of human research subjects.
The purpose of IRB review is to assure, both in advance and by periodic review, that appropriate steps are taken to protect the rights and welfare of humans participating as subjects in the research. To accomplish this purpose, IRBs use a group process to review research protocols and related materials (e.g., informed consent documents and investigator brochures) to ensure protection of the rights and welfare of human subjects of research.
– adapted from 1998 FDA Information Sheets