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Compliance: Human Subjects (IRB)

Human Subjects Research includes any data collected on humans for scientific purposes. Data collections for administrative or pedagogical purposes are not included.Review of Human Subjects Research is mandated by the National Research Act (PL 93-348) and implemented by Federal Regulations (45 CFR 46). The research of faculty, staff, and students involving human subjects requires review. A university that is not in compliance with the law could lose federal funding of its programs.

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews Human Subjects Research. Members of the committee come from a variety of disciplines including one member whose primary concerns are nonscientific and one member who is not affiliated with the University.

IRB Meetings
The UMSL IRB meets the 3rd Thursday of each month. Protocols are due 10 days prior to the meeting. All submissions must be made electronically through IRBNet.

Application for IRB Review
Applications for FULL committee review must be received by th ORA 10 days before the scheduled meeting of the respective month (no exceptions).

  • Application Submission: IRBNet

You can search the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) Database for Registered IORGs and IRBs and Approved FWAs by IORG number, FWA number or IRB registration number (see below):

  • Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) are operated IRB Organizations (IORGs). An initial registration with OHRP registers both the IORG and its IRB or IRBs. UMSL's IORG number is "0000445."

  • Federalwide Assurance (FWA) for the Protection of Human Subjects (more info on OHRP rules and regulations). UMSL's FWA number is "00000011."

  • UMSL's IRB Registration number is "00000756."

UMSL accepts CITI training.

Certificates of training for investigators and faculty mentors must be on file at the ORA before protocols are reviewed. If you are collaborating with another academic institution in your research project, make sure to contact that university to find out their training requirements.

If you have questions, please contact John Hancock (314-516-5928).