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The Johns Hopkins Medicine IRBs
The Johns Hopkins Office of Human Subjects Research and the Institutional Review Boards (IRB) invite you to attend our 4th Annual Meet and Greet Open House on Friday, May 17, 2019. Please take advantage of this opportunity to meet our staff, attend various workshops and find out everything you’ve always wanted to know about the IRB review process! For more information
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. Some of the key provisions and changes researchers will notice are:
- New and revised definitions
- Revised informed consent requirements
- New exempt research categories
- Changes to requirements for continuing review for expedited and exempt research
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. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/institutional_review_board/revised_common_rule.html
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 http://www.hhs.gov/
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