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Institutional Review Board (IRB)

We review human subjects research applications for Bloomberg School faculty and students.

Office Overview

The mission of the IRB Office is to ensure the protection of the safety, rights, and welfare of all human participants in research studies conducted by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (BSPH) faculty, staff, and students in the U.S. and in countries around the world.

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) oversees two IRBs registered with the U.S. Office of Human Research Protections, IRB X and IRB FC, which meet weekly to review human subjects research applications for Bloomberg School faculty and students.

The School’s human subjects protection program is registered with the U.S. Office of Human Research Protection (OHRP) as follows:

IORG Number: 0000077

Federal Wide Assurance (FWA): 00000287

IRB X Registration Number: 0000758

IRB FC Registration Number: 00000112

Both IRBs apply the requirements of the U.S. Common Rule, 45 CFR 46, to all non-exempt human subjects research. It reviews studies involving FDA regulated products in accordance with 21 CFR 50/56.

IRB X oversees research that qualifies as Public Health Surveillance, Exempt, as well as non-Exempt research eligible for expedited review. IRB FC oversees all research that poses greater than minimal risk to individuals and/or to groups.

The major functions of the JHSPH IRB are as follows:

* Review all human subjects research and other related activities carried on by faculty, students, and employees of the School in accordance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations and JHU policies.

* Identify, discuss, and resolve ethical issues associated with safeguarding the rights and welfare of human subjects participating in research activities.

* Develop policies and procedures to carry out the above responsibility.

* Inform faculty, students, and staff of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health concerning the policies and procedures relating to their responsibility as researchers.

IRB Office staff are available to assist faculty and students with operational and regulatory issues, and to help address concerns associated with individual research submissions. Send queries to jhsph.irboffice@jhu.edu.

 

Contact Us

The IRB Office is working remotely.  Please send general questions to: jhsph.irboffice@jhu.edu and PHIRST questions to: jhsph.phirsthelp@jhu.edu

Office of the Institutional Review Board (IRB)
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
615 N. Wolfe Street, E1100
Baltimore, MD 21205

Email: JHSPH.irboffice@jhu.edu

Public Health Institutional Review Submission and Tracking (PHIRST)
Email: JHSPH.phirsthelp@jhu.edu