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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.
Both the Food and Drug Administration and the Office for Human Research Protections set the 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.