The purpose of the RTC Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to review all proposed research involving human participants to ensure their rights and welfare are protected and that participants are treated ethically. RTC takes seriously the responsibility of safeguarding individuals who may participate in research projects and strives to act in compliance with federal guidelines for research involving human participants as established by the Department of Health and Human Services.
A research proposal must be reviewed and approved by the IRB prior to beginning any participant solicitation or data collection.
Prior to submitting a human participants research application for review, researchers mush complete an online training on the IRB process and importance of protecting the rights of human participants. Certificate of completion or description of training completed must be included with the application packet. Some free trainings include:
“When PI’s Come A-Knockin’: Everything Investigators Want to Know but are Afraid to Ask” (you may start at 6:00 minutes into this video)
The Office for Human Research Protections webinars on the following topics: Overview of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking; Exclusions and Exemptions; Informed Consent; IRB Review and Operations; and Secondary Research Use of Data
Please check with the IRB staff for pre-approval of other training options.
- Belmont Report
- Nuremberg Code
- Federal Code Title 45 Public Welfare, Part 46 Protection of Human Subjects
- Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP)
- OHRP: Reviewing and Reporting Unanticipated Problems and Adverse Events- webinar by Dr. Michael Carome, former OHRP Associate Director of Regulatory Affairs, on what to do when research projects have problems
- Definitions of key terms