The mission of the institutional review board is to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects enrolled in research. The IRB operates as an independent body. IRB decisions may only be made by IRB board members following the exempt, expedited, or full board procedures.
The IRB shall review and have authority to approve, require modifications in (to secure approval), or disapprove all research activities submitted to Advarra for review. All research submitted to Advarra for review by the IRB follows the processes and procedures set forth in the Advarra IRB Policy Manual and IRB Handbook.
Advarra’s IRB members have extensive, varied backgrounds, including service on institutional, academic, and independent IRBs. This diverse membership ensures we hear the full range of ethical perspectives, and we maintain a network of consultants to provide additional insights when necessary. IRB members are versed in examining research for its ethical implications, including research involving vulnerable populations such as pediatrics, critically ill, and cognitively impaired participants. Review groups and service teams include scientists who have pioneered techniques, methodologies, and discoveries in their fields.