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Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Submission Tracking (PHIRST)

Human Subjects Research (HSR) Submissions in the PHIRST system

All new HSR submissions to the BSPH IRB come through the PHIRST system.  It is a web-based system used by the BSPH IRB as a portal for all new HSR applications.  Principal Investigators (PI) must answer the questions in the PHIRST application and upload research plans, consent forms, and other required study documentation available on the Forms  page. PHIRST User Guide and PHIRST FAQs are available to help people navigate the system.  IRB requirements are outlined in Guidance and BSPH IRB Policies; they govern the review of all submissions.

Researchers may contact the PHIRST Help Desk at

Logging into PHIRST: PHIRST users who have JHED IDs will be able to log into PHIRST without registering. All other users will need to follow the instructions for registration. All new applications and subsequent further applications must come through the PHIRST system. We have retained a link to the Old PHIRST ( for people who need access to old study documents.