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The Johns Hopkins Medicine IRBs


Revised Common Rule 2019

The Revised Common Rule, a federal policy regarding Human Subjects Protections went into effect on January 21, 2019.  All new human subjects research studies conducted at JHU SOM, not approved before 01/21/2019, must comply with the Revised Common Rule requirements. All JHU SOM human subjects research studies approved prior to 01/21/2019 will continue to follow the requirements under the Common Rule in place prior to 01/21/2019. Please use the Revised Common Rule page on the IRB website for guidelines, policies, forms, tools and templates related to the Revised Common Rule.

Update: Insurance and Research Participant Financial Responsibility Information Sheet: Signature No Longer Required 

 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