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Alternate members, or alternates, may be assigned by the same method as selection for IRB members. Each IRB member may have one alternate member. Alternates may attend all meetings, enter into the discussion and review protocols. They shall receive all material from the IRB, including communications, memos, minutes, and consent agendas, among others. Alternates may vote when the member is not present at the meeting, but will abstain from all voting when the member is in attendance. They will not count toward the presence of a quorum if the member is present.
Diverse Backgrounds - The IRB shall consist of members with sufficiently diverse backgrounds to promote complete and adequate review of research activities conducted at the hospital. The IRB is sufficiently qualified through the experience and expertise of its members and diversity of the members' backgrounds. This includes consideration of racial and cultural backgrounds, as well as sensitivity to issues such as community attitudes to promote respect for its advice and counsel in safeguarding the rights and welfare of human subjects. In addition to possessing the professional competence necessary to review research activities, the IRB ascertains the acceptance of proposed research in terms of institutional limitations and policies, applicable laws and regulations, and standards of professional conduct and practice. The IRB includes individuals knowledgeable in these areas, and may not consist entirely of members of one profession.
For additional information, please call the East Valley Regional IRB at 480.728.3582.
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