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Welcome to The Johns Hopkins Medicine IRBs

Announcement - The JHM IRB has posted a revised Guideline (December 2014) for Magnetic Resonance Imaging Standard Language for Consent Documents.  The language options in this guideline should be used for all projects involving research imaging in an MRI scanner.


Investigator Training Boot Camp - April 27, 2015, noon - 4:30 p.m., the JHM Office of Human Subjects Research is offering an intensive program to orient investigators and study-team members to the basic workings of the JHM IRB. 
Learn more about Investigator Training Boot Camp

 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.


What's New

Documentation of Physician Consent Policy

Policy on Informed Consent and Pediatric Subjects Reaching Adulthood




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