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Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Franklin University Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a standing committee at Franklin University responsible for all research involving human subjects. The IRB’s primary responsibility is to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects, in accordance with Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations. Franklin University IRB has the authority to disapprove, modify, or approve research studies based upon consideration of human subject protection. 

Human subjects are often used in medical and clinical research as well as social and behavioral research. Franklin University is committed to assuring that research activities conducted under its auspices do not violate the rights and welfare of human participants.

All research that involves human subjects must be reviewed by and must receive approval from the IRB prior to subject recruitment and data collection.The checklist below aims at helping to determine whether an activity requires the IRB review. 

Is it research? 
A research activity must meet BOTH of the following criteria: 

  • The activity is a systematic investigation, including research development, testing and evaluation. 
  • The activity is designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge.

Does it involve human subjects? 
Human subjects are involved if ANY of the following conditions are true: 

  • The activity involves a living individual about whom an investigator (whether professional or student) conducting research obtains data through intervention or interaction with the individual.
  • The activity involves a living individual about whom an investigator (whether professional or student) conducting research obtains identifiable private information.

If an activity is categorized as research that involves human subjects, the investigator will need to submit the Application for Human Subjects Research Review to the IRB for approval. If you are not sure if your research qualifies as “human subjects research”, please contact us at irb@franklin.edu.

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