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Institutional Review Board

An Institutional Review Board (IRB is a committee charged with protecting the rights and welfare of people participating in research activities.

Institutional Review Board

An Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee charged with protecting the rights and welfare of people participating in research activities. The IRB reviews and approves research applications involving human subjects, provides ongoing oversight to ensure regulatory compliance, and assures that the risks to research subjects are minimized and participation by these subjects is done so on a voluntary, informed basis.

Learn About East Valley Regional IRB

Both the Food and Drug Administration and the Office for Human Research Protections provide guidelines and regulations governing human subjects research and establish the authority granted to the IRB. The IRB highly encourages all investigators, coordinators, sponsors and research volunteers to contact the IRB for questions, advice or concerns at any time. Any questions, concerns or suggestions will be responded to in a confidential and professional manner.

It's important to note that all research conducted at Chandler Regional Medical Center and Dignity Health must be reviewed by a Dignity Health IRB and facility administration.

For additional information, please call (480) 728-3582.

Compliance Hotline

Dignity Health takes the protection of human subjects very seriously. Adherence to federal regulations, Dignity Health policies and the Human Research Protections Office research compliance program is paramount in this effort including the reporting of research misconduct and non-compliance.

Dignity Health HPRO

The role of the Human Research Protections Office (HRPO) is to assure that all human subjects research conducted within Dignity Health complies with all applicable laws and regulations, Dignity Health's Federalwide Assurance, and is consistent with Dignity Health's mission, policies and procedures.

Dignity Health IRB Locations

Dignity Health currently supports 16 internal IRBs, providing oversight for more than 1,000 open clinical trials across the system. Dignity Health's Human Research Protections Office provides for the regulatory and compliance oversight for all research conducted at Dignity Health.


The following Frequently Asked Questions provide you with easy access to a variety of questions and answers that were developed based upon feedback we received from you - our IRB members, researchers and staff.


The Human Research Protections Office (HRPO) has partnered with iMedRIS Data Corporation to utilize the iMedRIS Institutional Review Board (IRB) Management and Research Project Tracking Software. These tools will allow Dignity Health to more efficiently manage the ethical and operational oversight of research needed in today's complex regulatory environment.

Informed Consent

Informed consent means that as a research volunteer, you are given all the information available about a clinical trial so that you understand what is involved. It's up to you to decide whether or not you want to take part in a clinical trial. If you decide to take part in the trial, you will sign the consent form and be given a copy for your records. 


Institutional Review Board (IRB) members provide an invaluable service to Dignity Health's research community. Doctors, staff and community members participating on IRBs have an obligation to maintain the highest standards of judgment relative to their duties as members. These links will provide an overview of each member's responsibilities related to performing IRB reviews at Dignity Health.

Researchers & Staff

We've developed this section specifically for researchers and staff to provide you with quick, easy access to information you'll need each day.


We've provided you with a variety of resources for your convenience:

Study Volunteers

It is important for research volunteers to understand the general principles that apply to anyone taking part in a study

Submission Information

The information contained within the additional links on this page will assist you in submitting an appropriate protocol to the East Valley Regional IRB for consideration.