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Evaluation Instrument for Accreditation

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Latest Update: May 15, 2022

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION DOMAIN I: ORGANIZATION DOMAIN II: INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD OR ETHICS COMMITTEE DOMAIN III: RESEARCHER AND RESEARCH STAFF TABLES

DOMAIN II: INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD OR ETHICS COMMITTEE

Within a Human Research Protection Program (HRPP), responsibilities must be delegated for providing ethical review and oversight of research. These responsibilities are distributed differently in different organizations; in many organizations, the Institutional Review Board (IRB) or Ethics Committee (EC), along with the support personnel and systems, provide these functions. In more complex organizations, there might be multiple IRBs and a general oversight office. This Domain of Standards sets forth requirements for the ethical oversight of research. An IRB or EC is a body established generally under laws, regulations, codes, and guidance to protect the rights and welfare of human research participants. The HRPP must have mechanisms in place to ensure the independence of its ethics review and oversight functions from other units within the organization, particularly with respect to decision- making regarding the ethics of research involving human participants. IRB or EC structure, composition, operations, and review standards are set forth in laws, regulations, codes, and guidance. 

Proceed To: STANDARD II-1