Independently assess and evaluate the risks and benefits of proposed research, and ensure that risks to human subjects are kept to an absolute minimum and are justified by potential benefits of the research.
Ensure the confidentiality of information obtained from research subjects to the extent allowed by law.
Ensure that, where appropriate, an Informed Consent or Informed Consent and Health Information Use and Disclosure Authorization are obtained from each research subject.
Facilitate high quality research at Salisbury University.
Create a cooperative process, encouraging dialogue with researchers.
Comply with applicable state and federal privacy laws.
Responsibilities of the Salisbury University Institutional Review Board
The Salisbury University IRB operates under the principles of The Belmont Report. The Belmont Report exists because of the unfortunate history of unethical research conducted on human subjects. It clearly explains the three principals that are the main tools that all IRB members should use to evaluate the ethics of specific research proposals.
Respect for Persons is the first principle which mandates that subjects voluntarily consent to participate in research, that they are adequately and thoroughly informed about the research and what is required, and that their privacy and confidentiality are protected.
Beneficence is the second principle which mandates the risks of research are justified by potential benefits to the individual or society and that those risks are minimized.
Justice is the third and final principle which mandates the equitable distribution of risks and benefits among those who may benefit from the research, meaning that one subset of a population should not take on all the burden of risk and reap all of the rewards; risks and rewards should be applicable and available to all subsets of a community.
Before you get started, please review the following two decision trees:
Use of the flowchart is meant to be preliminary guidance only. Researchers must be aware that publishers have the right to require review that is more stringent than federal regulations require. It is recommended that the researcher explore publication requirements prior to declaring that their research does not require IRB review. The SU IRB suggests researchers always seek out IRB review for human subject related research. The SU IRB reserves the right to make the final determination as to which category is most appropriate.
**If you have a full committee review, 1) your proposal must be submitted at minimum 14 days before the scheduled meeting, 2) you must attend the scheduled meeting. Failure to comply with either condition will delay review of your proposal**