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IRB Policy

The University of Memphis in accordance with its Multiple Project Assurance (MPA) filed with the Department of Health and Human Services, and 45 CFR part 46 establishes the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects (IRB).

Please read The University of Memphis Institutional Review Board Policy Manual.

Charge of the Committee

The IRB is responsible for reviewing research involving human subjects to ensure that such research is consistent with the principles of (1) respect for persons, (2) beneficence, and (3) justice, as set forth in the Belmont Report (1979). Additionally, the IRB follows all applicable Federal, state, and university regulations. These include but are not limited to 45 CFR Part 46, 21 CFR parts 50 and 56 and the University of Memphis Multiple Project Assurance (MPA) for research involving human subjects.

Scope of Review

All research involving human subjects must be submitted for review and approved by the IRB before it is initiated. The IRB reviews all research using human subjects regardless of funding source and regardless of whether the investigator is faculty, staff or student. Failure to comply with University policy may result in penalties (see Non-Compliance).

Definition of Human Subject

"Human subject" means a living individual about whom an investigator (whether professional or student) conducting research obtains (1) data through intervention or interaction with the individual, or (2) identifiable private information. (Title 45 CFR 46.102(f)).

Definition of Research

"Research" means a systematic investigation, including research development, testing and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge. (Title 45 CFR 46.102(d)).

Non Compliance

In accordance with 45 CFR 46, the IRB is required to report all instances of non-compliance to the federal Office for Protection from Research Risks, Washington, DC.

Additionally, non-compliance with this policy by faculty/staff members may result in one or more of the following:

  • Censure;
  • Removal from graduate faculty status;
  • Suspension of research privileges at the University;
  • Termination of employment.


Non-compliance with this policy by students may jeopardize awarding of the degree being sought.