048.1 Institutional Review Board for Proposed Research Involving Human Subjects

Created by: Pat Teague on 02/05/1999
Category: 0 - General Administration; 40 - Planning/Research
 
Originator: Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean
Current File: 048.1
Adoption Date: 09/20/2016
Reviewed for Currency: 09/20/2016
 
Replaces File: 048.1
Date of Origin: 07/16/1982
 
Classification: Faculty
 
In Archive? 0


048.1 Institutional Review Board for Proposed Research Involving Human Subjects

 

A. Background

Furman University must comply with federal regulations regarding the protection of human subjects used in research projects conducted at the university or by university personnel and students. Compliance with the regulations of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is required for research funded directly by HHS and other federal funding agencies.

 

B. Policy

An Institutional Review Board (IRB) shall be established for the purpose of evaluating potential risks to human subjects involved in university-related activities. This board's functions will be to conduct initial and continuing review of human research projects according to the guidelines specified in the Federal Register and to make recommendations to the investigator(s) and to the institution concerning the research procedures.

 

C. Guidelines

A. Membership of the IRB:

1. The chair of the IRB will be appointed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. This person should be a highly respected individual from within or outside the institution, fully capable of managing the IRB and the matters brought before it with fairness and impartiality.  The Chair shall serve for three successive years, with one year prior service on committee.

2. An Administrator will be appointed as a member of the committee by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.

3. At least five persons of diverse backgrounds (race, sex, culture, professional interest, and sensitivity to issues) recommended by the Chair and Administrator and appointed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.

a.  At least one member from a nonscientific professional area.

b.  At least one member not affiliated with the University.

c.  Membership shall include some person whose primary concern is the protection of "vulnerable" subjects (e.g., children or institutionalized persons).

4. Any member who has a conflict of interest in a particular research project shall be excluded from the decision making in that instance (except to provide information).

5. A member shall serve a minimum of three successive years with the possibility of renewal.

B. Procedures of the IRB:

1. The IRB shall hold convened meetings with a majority of members present (except under the HHS guidelines for expedited procedures and exemptions for low risk research).

2. A majority vote shall be required for specific decisions.

3. Records of all proposals, committee action, correspondence, membership and operating procedures shall be kept for a minimum of three years after the completion of the research by the Administrator.

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