IRB Resources

Helpful Links

The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) provides leadership in the protection of the rights, welfare, and wellbeing of subjects involved in research conducted or supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). OHRP helps ensure this by providing clarification and guidance, developing educational programs and materials, maintaining regulatory oversight, and providing advice on ethical and regulatory issues in biomedical and social-behavioral research.

Basic regulations governing the protection of human subjects in research supported or conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS, then the Department of Health, Education and Welfare) were first published at 45 CFR part 46 in 1974. The 2013 regulations are available for download here:

Additional resources by OHRP include the following:

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Extramural Research provides the corporate framework for NIH research administration, ensuring scientific integrity, public accountability, and effective stewardship of the NIH extramural research portfolio. One of their services is an free online training module for researchers conducting research with human participants. If you are the principal investigator (PI) on research being submitted to Gordon College's IRB, this is an excellent resource for you. The certificate granted at the end of the NIH training will serve as the verification of training required by the IRB. In addition, NIH provides various funding opportunities for research involving human health.