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Human Subjects (IRB)

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 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.

IRB Meetings
The UMSL IRB meets the 3rd Thursday of each month. Protocols are due 10 days prior to the meeting. All submissions must be made electronically through IRBNet.

Application for IRB Review
Applications for FULL committee review must be received at the ORA 10 days before the scheduled meeting of the respective month (no exceptions).

More Information


DHHS Office for Human

    Research Protections (OHRP)

→ DHHS booklet: "Protecting
    Personal Health Information in
    Research: Understanding the
    HIPAA Privacy Rule"

Federal Regulations on the
    Protection of Human Subjects
    (45CFR46)

NIH Statement on Required
    Education on the Protection of
    Human Research Participants

PHS Office of Research Integrity

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