About the Institutional Review Board (IRB)
Penn State has established two Institutional Review Boards to review human subject research (that meet the requirement for FULL review). Each board has the expertise available to review both social science and biomedical research.
The IRBs consist of faculty, staff, and community members appointed by the Associate Vice President for Research. Each IRB must have at least one member serving on the board who is not employed or affiliated with the University or has an immediate family member employed or affiliated with the University. All IRB activities are coordinated through the Office for Research Protections (ORP) located at The 330 Building, Suite 205.
The IRBs are responsible for reviewing and approving, requiring modifications, or withholding approval of research (for studies requiring full review) involving human subjects. Approval is granted for one year or less; therefore, the IRBs are also responsible for reviewing ongoing activities on a continuing basis. (Note that studies meeting requirements for exemption determination or expedited review are NOT reviewed by the Full IRBs.)
The Penn State Human Protections Program in the Office for Research Protections has been re-accredited by AAHRPP, with no requests for changes or improvements. For more information please go to the Penn State News story.
For Investigators and Participants
- Conducting a Human Subject Research Study
- Policies and Guidelines
- Research Participant Information
- Education and Required Training
- CATS - Centralized Application Tracking System
Frequently Asked Questions for Investigators
- Do I need to Submit?
- Before/During the Review Process
- After Submitting the Proposal and Approval is Granted
- Informed Consent
- Continuing Reviews
Investigators who are conducting human subject research may also be interested in the tips, tools, and self-assessment guides offered by the Human Subject Research Quality Management Program. Resources are also available to help investigators prepare for a post-approval review visit.