Human Subjects Research includes any data collected on humans for scientific purposes. Data collections for administrative or pedagogical purposes are not included.Review of Human Subjects Research is mandated by the National Research Act (PL 93-348) and implemented by Federal Regulations (45 CFR 46). The research of faculty, staff, and students involving human subjects requires review. A university that is not in compliance with the law could lose federal funding of its programs.

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews Human Subjects Research. Members of the committee come from a variety of disciplines including one member whose primary concerns are nonscientific and one member who is not affiliated with the University.


Current News

  • Click here for the COVID-19 Human Subjects Research Restart Plan.
  • The IRB will be transitioning from the IRBNet submission system to eCompliance. Effective July 27, 2020, all new IRB applications must be submitted using eCompliance.  
  • All active studies will need to be transitioned from IRBNet to eCompliance by October 16, 2020.
  • All Investigators who are engaged in human subjects research must have current CITI Human Studies training on file.  

All Investigators engaging in human subjects research are required to have current CITI Human Studies Training. If your training has expired, you will need to complete the refresher training via CITI. The CITI training is good for 3 years and once that time is up, Investigators will be required to take the refresher training. To access the CITI training, log into eCompliance, select the IRB Module, and click on "Take IRB training". After clicking, there are instructions available for how to complete the correct training. eCompliance is synced with the CITI program and CITI updates eCompliance within 24 hours with your training course and dates. Your training date will autopopulate within the eCompliance system.  

eCompliance Quick Reference Tool - This guide gives you a detailed view of the eCompliance IRB submission system. It explains how to log in, the features of the system, and explains the various form choices in detail. 

How to Transition from IRBNet to eCompliance - This guide gives you an overview of how to transition your existing approved IRBNet study to eCompliance.

UMSL IRB Submitter Training - If you missed the training that was offered for your department on the transition to eCompliance, view the slides here. This training provides information on the new IRB submission system, the forms, how to begin a new IRB application, and how to transition your project.

The UMSL IRB meets the 3rd Thursday of each month. Applications for FULL Committee review must be received by the IRB 10 days before the scheduled meeting of the respective month (no exceptions). All submissions must be made electronically through eCompliance. Only research requiring Full IRB review will be reviewed at the IRB Committee Meetings. Research meeting the qualifications for Exempt and Expedited review are reviewed on an ongoing basis in the office.  

Full Board Meeting Dates and Deadlines, can be found here.

You can search the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) Database for Registered IORGs and IRBs and Approved FWAs by IORG number, FWA number or IRB registration number (see below):

  • Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) are operated IRB Organizations (IORGs). An initial registration with OHRP registers both the IORG and its IRB or IRBs. UMSL's IORG number is "0000445."

  • Federalwide Assurance (FWA) for the Protection of Human Subjects (more info on OHRP rules and regulations). UMSL's FWA number is "00000011."

  • UMSL's IRB Registration number is "00000756."

If you have questions, please contact Danielle Hunter (314-516-5972).