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Do I Need IRB?

An Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a federally mandated committee that oversees the ethical conduct of human subjects research at an institution. Florida Atlantic University's IRB serves an important role in the protection of the rights and welfare of human subjects involved in research.

The IRB reviews and approves protocols for research involving humans and ensures that appropriate steps are taken to protect their rights and welfare. FAU's IRB is comprised of faculty members representing a variety of backgrounds, training and experience, as well as community members who have no formal connection with the University.

Many researchers wonder if their research requires IRB review. If your research meets the following two definitions then you are involved in research with human subjects: "Research" means a systematic investigation designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge. "Human subject" means a living individual about whom an investigator conducting research obtains: 1.) data through intervention or interaction with the individual, or 2.) identifiable private information.

For assistance in determining whether you need to submit an application to the IRB, refer to one of the following resources: Once it is clear that you need to submit an IRB application, click here to begin the electronic submission process.

Upon completion of the Determination of Human Subjects Research Form 6, please contact the Research Integrity staff to confirm your research is not human subjects under DHHS regulations. The IRB will submit an official letter if your project does not qualify as research that involves human participants.

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact the Research Integrity office at researchintegrity@fau.edu or 561.297.1383.

 Last Modified 6/26/18