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Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Saint Louis University (SLU) strives to conduct research of the highest quality and integrity. The Institutional Review Board (IRB) supports this goal by ensuring that all SLU research involving humans is conducted in accordance with the regulations, laws and policies in place to protect the rights and welfare of human research volunteers.

SLU has established three IRB committees, supported by an administrative team in the Research Integrity and Safety Group within the Office of the Vice President for Research, to review and oversee human research studies conducted at SLU or by SLU researchers.

Researchers are assumed to need SLU IRB approval if they are conducting human research unless the use of a Central or External IRB has been approved. The IRB team supports SLU researchers with the IRB process requirements, and through our education and quality assurance programs. If you need the IRB team’s help, call 314-977-7744, email or go to the IRB Staff page to identify your academic unit’s IRB contact person.

Email to join the IRB listserv and receive updates about training opportunities, policy changes and other notifications. 

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News and Updates

Check here for the latest news and updates from the Institutional Review Board.

Further “Common Rule” Delays Announced: New effective date delayed to Jan. 21, 2019.

The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) has announced delay to the human research regulations referred to as the Common Rule. This latest delay moves the effective date of the new Common Rule to Jan. 21, 2019 (original dates were January 2018, then July 2018). This delay is being proposed to allow more time for institutions to come into compliance, and for federal agencies to release promised guidelines to assist with interpretation of the revised rule.

As a reminder, the SLU IRB created a Google Website with key information related to the new Common Rule. It can be accessed with your SLU account.

New Website for Common Rule Changes

The IRB has created a Common Rule Changes Site, an internal Google Site with information and updates regarding the forthcoming changes to the Common Rule (federal regulations for human subjects research). While we wait to hear whether the current implementation date of Jan. 19 will be delayed by a year, the IRB is moving forward planning for the changes and will continue to provide the research community with updated information.

The site is available through Google Sites. You will need to log into Google Applications to gain access. 

Introducing the IRB Sample Protocols Archive

New to the IRB? The new IRB Sample Protocols Archive, an internal Google site containing examples of approved applications, can be used as a reference when drafting your IRB application.

NIH Policy Update: Certificates of Confidentiality

As of Oct. 1, 2017, NIH-funded human subjects research that began or was ongoing on or after Dec. 13, 2016 is now covered by a Certificate of Confidentiality, which requires specific language to be present in the study consent form.

Contact the IRB for assistance if your study needs to comply with this new policy (NOT-OD-17-109).