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The Johns Hopkins Medicine IRBs

Important Update Regarding Research Restart

Given the success of our research restart efforts to date as of Monday, June 7, 2021 investigators are no longer required to secure approval from a research restart committee before proceeding to the IRB for approval of their restart plan. All requests to resume in-person interactions still must be reviewed and approved by the JHM IRB. Read the full announcement from the Vice Dean for Clinical Investigation  HERE

For more information on restarting your in-person research interactions, please review the IRB’s guidance here:

Effective July 1, 2021 - Change in JHM IRB Review Fees for Commercially-Funded Studies

To help cover the costs of IRB review the IRB review fees will be modified as of July 1, 2021. Any new study submitted on or after July 1, 2021 will be subject to the new fee schedule. For more information....

Recertification Training Update

Effective May 1, 2021, Principal Investigators and study team members who completed the updated human subjects recertification on or after July 1, 2019 and are currently due to complete training will be automatically enrolled in their respective compliance training course one calendar year before the training expiration date. The course will appear under the Auto-Enrollment tab in the user’s myLearning plan.

Questions about duplicate errors in enrollment should be directed to the eIRB Help Desk at

eIRB Username Changes

On June 1, 2021, we will be implementing the following changes to usernames in the eIRB system. The eIRB system will automatically populate “preferred name” from the JHED directory instead of “legal name.”

  • If the “preferred name” section is left blank in JHED, there will be no change to the way your name appears in the eIRB system.
  • For those who have a “preferred name” listed in JHED, this name will be displayed in the updated eIRB system. Any letters or documents approved prior to the update will not update with the preferred name.
  • For those who do NOT want their “preferred name” listed in the eIRB system, you need to remove your preferred name from JHED using the instructions available at this link.

If you have any questions, please contact the eIRB Help Desk at

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