Institutional Review Board (IRB)

 

The Institutional Research Board, known as IRB, exists as a committee to protect confidentiality of data for research and projects involving the use of human subjects and ensures protection against physical, psychological, social and legal risks in bio-medical and behavioral research.

Chair:   Dr. Monique McCallister (Interim)
Phone:  615.963.7619
E-mail:  irb@tnstate.edu 
IRB subject to 21 business day processing time. 
FWA Document (Approved through July 31, 2020)

If you need IRB approval for your project, here is how you get it:

Step 1:  Review the documents on human subjects.  All the documents are listed below. They will help you determine if you need IRB review, what type of review is required, and answer questions concerning the process.
     Checklist - Determenation of Human Subjects Research

Step 2:  You MUST complete the free, on-line CITI Training.  Here is the link:  https :// www.citiprogram.org.  Make sure you save your certificate on your computer and print a copy.  You must attach a copy of the training certificate to all IRB applications. 
      Mandatory Training for Researchers using Human Subjects

Step 3: You'll need to determine whether you will need to submit an EXEMPT or a non-EXEMPT application.  See the documents referenced in Step 1 for a checklist to help you determine that. You'll need to have a clear understanding of the research activities and population involved before making this decision.  If you're still not sure after completing the checklist, go ahead and submit the full proposal.
     Checklist - Determination of Exemption from IRB Review  
Checklist - Determination of Expedited IRB Review   Informed Consent Document

Step 4:  Complete the IRB form and Application Packet.  All instruments used to collect data, including list of interview questions and the actual surveys, should be included in the IRB application packet along with your training certificate.  If your research involves collecting data at another institution or in partnership with another institution, you should include documentation.

Step 5:  Submit the packet. Your IRB Application Packet, when finished, should include one copy of the following:

  • Human Subjects Research Proposal form 
  • Instrument
  • Consent form (if applicable)
  • Letter of cooperation (if applicable)
  • Certificate of Completion of Mandatory Training program

The packet should be delivered to the Research and Sponsored Programs Building, Suite 1A.  (Edits to a proposal can be sent electronically to irb@tnstate.edu.)

IRB Approval only last for one year.  If you need to extend the project for an additional year, you'll need to submit an IRB Amendment Form and indicate that you need to extend the IRB Approval for one more year.  

IRB Resources:    Helpful Forms, Tips, and Checklists
Human Subjects Research Proposal Form 
Checklist - Determenation of Human Subjects Research
Checklist - Determination of Exemption from IRB Review
Checklist - Determination of Expedited IRB Review Informed Consent Document
Instructions to Complete Human Subjects Research Proposal Form
Human Subjects Amendment Form
Research Exemption from IRB Review Form
Mandatory Training for Researchers using Human Subjects
Correction Action Request


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