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Institutional Review Board (IRB)
Purpose of an IRB
The primary purpose of Lane's IRB is to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects used in federally supported research done through Lane Community College. The IRB safeguards individuals involved in federally supported research by ensuring that:
- risks have been considered and minimized;
- the potential for benefit has been identified and maximized;
- research-volunteers are provided with substantial information about the study and volunteer only after being provided with legally effective informed consent;
- that all private information will be handled with confidentiality; and
- that research is conducted in an ethical manner and in compliance with established standards.
Who must seek review from Lane's IRB?
Any primary investigator who is applying for funds from the federal government, and is conducting research involving human subjects must contact the grants office to initiate the IRB approval process for the project at least three weeks prior to the submission of the grant application.
Is your project "research involving human subjects?"
Research is defined as a systematic investigation, including research development, testing and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge. Activities which meet this definition constitute research whether or not they are conducted or supported under a program which is considered research for other purposes. For example, some demonstration and service programs may include research activities.
Determining project's need for IRB review
To determine whether your proposed project will need IRB approval, please refer to this decision flowchart.
Projects subject to IRB review
The IRB conducts three types of reviews depending on the nature and scope of your research project. The timeframe for review and required accompanying material depends on the type of review.
- Exemptions — only statutorily defined exempted research. Review process will take approximately seven calendar days.
- Expedited review — list of certain kinds of research involving no more than minimal risk, or for minor changes in already-approved research. Review process will take approximately seven calendar days.
- Full-Board review — all other federally supported research involving human subjects. Review process will take approximately thirty calendar days.
Scope and Authority of Lane's IRB
Lane's IRB is governed by the IRB Charter and Standard Operating Procedures, which are based on the requirements of the Code of Federal Regulations Title 45, part 46.
The IRB has the following authority to:
- review all federally supported projects and programs involving research with human subjects (except for exempted research) and to either approve, require modifications in, or disapprove those research activities.
- provide continuing advice and counsel to personnel engaged in activities involving human subjects.
- require progress reports from the investigators and oversee the conduct of the study.
- 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.
- observe the informed consent process in any approved project, especially in cases where the consentee is from a vulnerable population.
- access and to make copies of records related to any research approved by the IRB for any reason, regardless of the location of those records.
Reporting Problems and Violations
Any staff or student at Lane who is aware of any problems involving risks to subjects or others; serious or continuing noncompliance with the federal regulations or the requirements or determinations of the IRB must report the information to the IRB Chair. The report can be made by contacting the IRB chair directly at InstitutionalResearch@lanecc.edu. The chair will then alert the appropriate institutional officials, the head of the agency supporting the research, any applicable regulatory body, and the Office for Human Research Protections.
- Office for Human Research Protections
- Institutional Review Board Guide Book from the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP)
- The Belmont Report
- Code of Federal Regulations, title 45, part 46
- Lane Community College Grants Office
- Jennifer Steele, Director Institutional Research email@example.com
- Position Vacant, Grants Coordinator