Institutional Review Board (IRB)
The University of Alaska Anchorage is committed to protecting the interests of research subjects and promoting the responsible conduct of human subjects research.
Core Principles, as described by the Belmont Report for responsible research involving human subjects research and their applications, are:
- Respect for Persons: Informed Consent of subjects to the degree that they are capable
- Beneficence: Minimization of risks to subjects
- Justice: Equitable selection of subjects and distribution of benefits
The IRB at UAA is responsible IRB for fulfilling the requirements of the Federal Regulations at Title 45 Part 46 of the Code of Federal Regulations(45 CFR 46), and UAA assures the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Human Research Protections, that it will meet all of the requirements of 45 CFR 46.
The UAA IRB Administrative staff at Office of Research Integrity and Compliance in consultation with the researcher will make a determination whether the proposed research activity does or does not constitute human participant research following the HHS decision chart, chart 1.
Responsibilities of Researchers
The primary responsibility for ensuring that the research is conducted in the appropriate manner rests with the researcher. To this end, the researcher is responsible for:
- Ensuring that the subjects meet selection and eligibility requirements.
- The research is approved by the IRB and conducted according to the protocol.
- Subjects' informed consent is appropriately obtained.
- The study is properly designed and scientifically valid.
The Role of the Institutional Review Board (IRB)
The IRB was established by the Provost and Office of Academic Affairs to protect the interests of research subjects. The main role of the IRB is the review of all human subjects research conducted at UAA to ensure that the research fulfills the requirements of the federal regulations.
The IRB reviews research proposals according to the following criteria:
- Are the risks to subjects minimized?
- Are the risks reasonable in relation to anticipated benefits?
- Is the selection of subjects equitable?
The University of Alaska Anchorage holds a Federal Wide Assurance, FWA No. 00000184. Under this Assurance, the IRB at UAA is recognized as the responsible IRB for fulfilling the requirements of the Federal Regulations at Title 45 Part 46 of the Code of Federal Regulations (45 CFR 46), and UAA assures the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Human Research Protections, that it will meet all of the requirements of 45 CFR 46 regardless of sponsorship.
I need to...
- contact the IRB Administrator with an immediate question
- complete IRB training for a course or to submit an IRB study for review
- register with IRBNet to electronically submit an IRB study
- submit a separate IRB application the Alaska Area IRB for review
I would like to know more about...
- examples of IRB studies that are exempt, expedited, or require full board review
- obtaining UAA student e-mails without violating FERPA
- frequently asked questions for human subjects research
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