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The Johns Hopkins Medicine IRBs


  • eFormBs (used for retrospective chart reviews only) are required to be on the revised eFormB as of January 15, 2016.  eFormBs not on the new template that are received after January 15, 2016 will be returned and the application will not be processed until the correct forms are submitted.
  • In January 2015, the Johns Hopkins Medicine Human Research Protection Program implemented a new online recertification program for study team members engaged in human subjects research. Through the CTSA program, the NIH and leading academic research organizations have agreed to recertification of all study team members every three years. The recertification requirement goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2016Click Here for more information.

 The Institutional Official who has authority over the JHM Human Subjects Protection Program is the Vice Dean for Clinical Investigation. The current Vice Dean for Clinical Investigation is Dr. Daniel E. Ford.

The Johns Hopkins Medicine Institutional Review Boards (JHM IRBs) are responsible for protecting the rights and welfare of the human subjects of research conducted by faculty and staff at the Institutions. The JHM IRBs review all human subjects research projects conducted by Hopkins faculty and staff. To fulfill the agreement underlying the assurances, and to satisfy institutional policy, all faculty and staff at the Institutions must submit for JHM IRB review any human subject research project, regardless of funding source (or lack thereof) and/or location at which the research will be conducted.

Please Note: Part-time faculty are obliged to obtain JHM IRB approval of all human subjects activities conducted under the auspices of their Hopkins’ appointment ( which means “use of Hopkins’ personnel or space or the use of the faculty appointment in correspondence, agreements with sponsors, etc…”).

The Institutions operate under Federal-Wide Assurances associated with each of the organizations linked to the JHM IRBs. List of JHM FWAs

For more information on the federal guidelines that determine the kind of research the JHM IRB is required to approve please visit


Guiding Principles of Institutional Review Boards (IRB)

Johns Hopkins experts discuss the critical role of Institutional Review Boards in research involving human subjects and the guiding principles they operate by:

  • respect for persons
  • risk and benefit analysis
  • justice and fairness.


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