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Institutional Review Board
New: Students in Research Course!
This new, optional course is an effective resource for introducing undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree students to the ethical engagement of human subjects in research. The course also include a module on WP's IRB policy and procedures. The course is not required for students learning about or undertaking research activities. See information sheet for instructions on use by faculty and students. To complete course: click here for the CITI Program, register, select Group 2: Students in Research, and then begin modules.
IRB Training and Certification Requirement
The CITI Program online training and certification module
Belmont Report - The Three Rules of Human Subject Research from the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), Department of Health and Human Services
1. No one should be involved in human subject research at any level without having first read The Belmont Report (1979). All regulations and IRB activities should be singularly focused on fulfilling the ethical responsibilities presented in the Belmont Report. The three basic principles are (1) respect for Persons, (2) Beneficence, and (3) Justice.
2. Not enough attention is given to the informed consent process. A signature on a form does not necessarily mean the subject fully understands what is expected of them. Consent can be a continual process during a long study, participants must be willing to remain involved. The signed form may be only one form of documenting consent: investigator notes, other written records, audiotape or videotape may be needed to confirm or prove consent. It is the degree of risk that determines the consent documentation requirement.
3. Everything must be documented, and this is equally true for the IRB as it is for the Investigators.