Institutional Review Board (IRB) Guidance

Overview of an Institutional Review Board (IRB)
Every institution in the United States that conducts or supports biomedical or behavioral research involving human participants must have, by federal regulation, an IRB that initially approves and periodically reviews the research in order to protect the rights of human participants. An IRB is a committee of physicians, statisticians, researchers, community advocates and others that review research studies to ensure they are ethical and that the rights of study participants are protected.
Fairview's IRB
All studies conducted within Fairview facilities or involving Fairview employees or patients must obtain approval from our local IRB prior to starting at Fairview. The University of Minnesota's IRB is also the IRB for Fairview Health Services.
IRB Process at Fairview
Fairview Research Administration (FRA) must review and approve all research conducted by Fairview researchers or community physicians prior to a new research application being submitted to the IRB.

As part of the review, FRA confirms:
  • each researcher has completed Human Subjects' Protection Training within the past 3 years 
  • each researcher has completed Conflict of Interest Training within the past 3 years
  • each researcher has completed a Conflict of Interest disclosure within the past year
  • the application is complete. We will also provide feedback on the content of the submission if requested.

For more information, please see: IRB Process for Fairview Researchers.
Frequently Requested IRB Information
Fairview Contact Information for IRB Questions or Concerns
Research Administrator, Fairview Research Administration
Phone: 612-672-7680

IRB Forms and Guidance

Fairview Research Administration can assist Fairview and community researchers with completing and submitting IRB and other related forms.

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