The Institutional Review Board is a committee charged with protecting the rights and welfare of human subjects involved in research. Before research can be conducted by Carilion employees or at Carilion facilities, it must be reviewed and approved by the IRB.
Carilion Clinic has established two IRB committees composed of members from a variety of medical and scientific backgrounds. Community members are also represented. IRB members are appointed by the vice president for Academic Affairs. The Department of Biomedical and Research Ethics supports and administers the work of the IRB.
The Carilion Clinic IRB reviews the research protocol, the informed consent document that is signed by subjects, any advertising used to recruit subjects and other relevant documents. In order to be approved by the IRB, a research study must:
- Provide research subjects with complete information in simple, understandable terms so that they can give informed consent.
- Protect the physical, psychological and economic well being of subjects.
- Be fair and impartial in selecting and dealing with research subjects.
- Respect the rights of research subjects and protect the confidentiality of information about them.