This site contains information for guiding researchers through the Broward College Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval process.
What is the IRB Committee:
The IRB committee performs ethical review of proposed research and is charged with protecting the rights and welfare of people involved in research. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) set the guidelines and regulations governing human subject research and IRBs.
The Broward College IRB was established to assure that any research conducted at the College involving the collection or analysis of data collected from or about human subjects conforms to the following ethical standards based on the ethical principles of the Belmont Report, as required by the HHS:
- Respect for Persons: Recognizing the autonomy, and dignity of all human subjects and the awareness of additional needs and lack of autonomy of vulnerable subjects, including economically or educationally disadvantaged persons, children, prisoners, pregnant women, and those persons who are cognitively or mentally impaired.
- Beneficence: Protecting persons from harm by maximizing anticipated study benefits and minimizing possible risks associated with the research.
- Justice: Fairness in the dissemination of research benefits and burdens.