IRB Policy on Triennial Review implemented November 2013.
*New* Guidance for Researchers:
- Guidance on IRB Review of International Research
- Guidance on Review of Research Involving Existing or Secondary Data
- Review of Projects Collecting Oral or Life Histories, Journalism or Case Studies
Cornell University operates a Human Research Protection Program to protect the rights and welfare of individuals who volunteer to participate in the research mission of the University. While the ultimate responsibility for the treatment of all human participants in research rests with the individual researcher (faculty, students, or staff) who has been given the privilege to conduct research with humans, the Institutional Review Boards exist as a safeguard to promote the ethical and responsible treatment of human participants in research, by conducting scientific and ethical review of research studies while providing education and guidance for the research community.
All research that involves human participants, regardless of the source of financial support, must be reviewed and either exempted from IRB review or approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) before it can be initiated. Guiding this review process by the IRB is the application of federal and state laws and various ethical principles, particularly those articulated in the Belmont Report: (1) Respect for Persons, (2) Beneficence, and (3) Justice.
Cornell University operates its Human Research Protection Program under two separate Federal Wide Assurances (FWA) filed with the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS): one for the upstate campus principally located in Ithaca (FWA 00004513) and a separate FWA for the Weill Cornell Medical College principally located in New York City (FWA 0000952).
Does your research activity need IRB review?
Application forms (Recommended browsers: Safari or Internet Explorer):
- Initial Approval Request
- Request for Amendment
- Request for Exemption
- Request for Continuing Approval
- Consent template for Social/behavioral studies
- Other forms
- New - Guidance for Oral Consent
IRB Help Sessions:
IRB staff holds monthly Protocol Workshops at various campus locations, to provide guidance and hands on assistance with application forms, and on navigating the IRB process. See schedule below. We hope to see you at one of the help sessions.
Upcoming Events (click event name to see details)
Other News from the IRB Office:
The October 2014 IRB Newsletter is available here. Topics in the October newsletter are:
- Revised Decision Tree: Does your research project need review by the IRB office?
- New IRB Guidance
- Research Involving Existing or Secondary Data, Documents or Records
- IRB Review of International Research
- Oral and Life Histories, Case Studies and Journalism
- IRB Protocol Help Sessions/Workshops - dates and locations
- How Long will it take for my IRB Application to get approved?
- New - Check completion status of IRB Training
- Having trouble downloading IRB forms?
International Human Research Standards
Every year, the federal Office for Human Research Protections releases a compilation of laws, regulations, and guidelines from over 100 different countries, as well as standards from a number of international and regional organizations. The IRB encourages investigators planning international research with human participants to consult the 2014 Edition of the International Compilation of Human Research Standards to help determine if there are special requirements for informed consent processes, research ethics committee review, reporting requirements, protection of vulnerable populations, and other research-related activities. Copies of the 2014 Edition of the International Compilation are available here:
Additionally, Cornell’s IRB Policy on International Human Research provides information and guidance for investigators on Federal, New York State, and Cornell requirements for research conducted in other countries.
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