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The Johns Hopkins Medicine IRBs


eIRB2 was upgraded to the latest version of the vendor’s software on Friday, 2/12/2021.  No changes were made to the application questions, the only change you will notice is the way the application looks.

To help study teams navigate the new look of the system, virtual IRB office hours will be held on the following days:

Monday, 2/15/2021, from 10:00am – 2:00pm and Wednesday, 2/17/2021, from 1:00pm – 3:00 pm 

Beginning 2/22/2021, virtual training sessions on the new software will be available every Monday from 12:00pm – 1:00pm.

Regular virtual office hours will continue to be offered Tuesdays 10:00am – 12:00pm and Thursdays 12:00pm – 2:00pm. Register for office hours by emailing the IRB Help Desk at

For a summary of the key changes included with Version 9.0 and a list of FAQs CLICK HERE

IRB Virtual Office Hours related to Resuming In-Person Research Activities and New Enrollment

The IRB staff will be holding virtual office hours via zoom twice weekly to help answer questions from study teams related to resuming in-person research activities and new enrollment. To sign up submit an email request to the IRB’s Help Desk at Sessions are capped at 15 attendees. Dates and times for upcoming sessions can be found HERE


For the most up-to-date information for research teams about COVID-19 please visit - Essential information for Human Subjects Research Teams Related to COVID-19

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.


General IRB Questions

Phone: 410-955-3008