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INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD OVERVIEW
The Waynesburg University Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee whose primary responsibility is to protect the rights and welfare of research subjects and to function as an ethics committee focusing on what is right or wrong. Institutional Review Boards are registered with the federal government to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects participating in research activities. The IRB ensures that physical, psychological, and social risks to research subjects are minimized, and that the risks associated with the research are commensurate with the importance of the research and/or the knowledge to be gained. Consistent with the ethical principles of the Belmont Report, the IRB also ensures that research subjects receive accurate, complete, and understandable information about the nature of the research and any associated risks, as well as their rights as research subjects.
In addition, the IRB reviews human research activities to ensure that the University, affiliate institutions, and investigators are compliant with the ethical standards and regulations governing human subject research. These regulations are summarized in the Code of Federal Regulations (45 CFR 46) from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and from the Food and Drug Administration (21 CFR 50; 56).