Welcome to AUCA Institutional Review Board!
The basic principles that govern the IRB in assuring that the rights and welfare of human subjects are protected are contained in the Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research (“The Belmont Report”). Therefore, the following principles apply to all research regardless of funding, including student senior thesis and projects, involving human subjects at AUCA to ensure that adequate safeguards are provided.
THE AUTHORITY AND FUNCTIONS OF THE IRB
- The IRB reviews all projects and programs involving human subjects in accordance with the Charter and Standard Operating Procedures.
- The IRB can approve, disapprove, or modify studies based upon consideration of any issue it considers relevant to human subject protection. Research that has been approved by the IRB may be subject to further appropriate review and approval or disapproval by the President. However, the President may not approve the non-exempt research if it has not been approved by the IRB.
- The IRB can provide continuing advice and counsel to personnel engaged in activities involving human subjects.
- The IRB has authority to require progress reports from the investigators. The IRB has authority to suspend or terminate approval of a study, or to place restrictions on a study, when this is deemed to be in the best interests of the subjects in that study.
- The IRB has authority to observe the informed consent process as practiced by any investigator in any approved protocol especially in cases where the consentee is from a vulnerable population.