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Overview of the IRB Process

The UMBC Institutional Review Board (IRB) has responsibility of providing oversights of research activities involving human participants and ensuring that ethical standards for safeguards and protection of participants.

Research with human participants, regardless of funding, conducted under the auspices of UMBC is reviewed approved by the IRB in compliance with federal regulations, its Federalwide Assurance (#00000069) and institutional policies and procedures. Protocols describing human participation must be submitted to and approved by the IRB before research use can begin.

Additionally, all personnel involved in protocol involving humans must complete required training  prior to conducting the research.

Briefly, the protocol review process entails:

  1. Completion and submission of an IRB protocol form. The Office for Research Protections and Compliance (ORPC) staff are available to answer any questions regarding the IRB submission process and IRB review of research studies. The protocol form should be submitted electronically to irbsubmissions@umbc.edu.
  2. Review of a submitted protocol via the Exempt Review or Expedited Review processes or for full committee consideration at a scheduled meeting.
  3. Review of planning and development activities that lead to the submission of grant applications where human subjects use are planned in future but have not been finalized, or when a PI received a “just-in-time” notice from a granting agency and is requesting documentation of IRB approval.
  4. Review of research continuation activitiesmodifications to research, reporting of adverse incidents and protocol closures.
  5. The involvement of external research collaborators using the Institutional IRB Authorization (IAA) process or directly recruiting participants from the UMBC community with that institution’s current IRB approval.

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