Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) or Independent Ethics Committees (IEC)

An Institutional Review Board (IRB) or Independent Ethics Committee (IEC) is an independent body comprising medical, scientific, and non-scientific members, whose responsibility is to ensure the protection of the rights, safety and well-being of human subjects involved in a trial.

An IRB/IEC should carry out the following activities to guarantee the rights and safety of trial subjects:

  • Review and approval of trial protocols and amendments
  • The review and approval of methods and materials used to obtain and document informed consent of trial subjects
Institutional Review Board (IRB) Review

An IRB review is meant assure the following:

  • Risks to subjects minimized
  • Risks to subjects are reasonable
  • Selection of subjects is equitable
  • Informed consent will be obtained
  • Data will be monitored
  • Protection of subject privacy and confidentiality of data
  • Additional safeguards for vulnerable subjects
  • Expedited review procedures

The IRB review should include the following documents:

  • Clinical trial protocol/amendments
  • Written informed consent process
  • Investigator's Brochure (IB)
  • Payments/compensation to subjects
  • Form 1572/CVs
  • Subject recruitment procedures (ads)
  • Subject information

The IRB review should provide the following for clinical trial documentation:

  • Provide approval
  • Modifications required
  • Disapproval
  • Termination/suspension
  • Reasons for (if applicable) in writing
ComplianceOnline training on Good Clinical Practices (GCP)

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