Ethics Review Process

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What is an Institutional Review Board (IRB)?

An Institutional Review Board (IRB) is established to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects recruited to participate in research.

The IRB is charged with the responsibility of reviewing research involving human participants. The IRB is concerned with protecting the welfare, rights, and privacy of human subjects. The IRB has the authority to approve, disapprove, monitor, and require modifications in all research activities that fall within its jurisdiction as specified by both the federal regulations and institutional policy.

What is a Federal Wide Assurance (FWA)?

A Federal Wide Assurance (FWA) must be submitted to the Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP) to an IRB to review research that receives federal funding. An FWA is a document that assures an institution's commitment to comply with the federal research regulations, with national and international ethical principles, and with federal, state and local laws related to the protection of human research subjects.

More information on the Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi Institutional Review Board can be viewed on their website by clicking here.