The FVTC Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews research projects involving human subjects to ensure the following standards are upheld:
- Individuals involved in the project are treated ethically
- Appropriate methods are used to secure consent
- Private information is handled with confidentiality
Exempt from Review
The US Department of Health and Human Services has defined criteria that qualify a research project for exemption from review by an Institutional Review Board (IRB). The determination of whether a research project is exempt cannot be made by the Principal Investigator; it must be made by FVTC's IRB. For a description of the exempt criteria, please refer to FVTC's Charter and Standard Operating Procedures document.
Full IRB Committee Review
Research involving more than minimal risk to a participant requires review by FVTC's full IRB. Full review covers all research that is not specifically suited for “Exempt from Review". For a description of the full IRB committee review, please refer to FVTC's Charter and Standard Operating Procedures document.
IRB Exemption Request Form