Institutional Review Board

The Webster University Institutional Review Board (IRB) is responsible for the review of all human subjects' research at the home campus in Webster Groves and all worldwide campuses, United States and international.

The IRB process applies to all Webster University faculty, staff, and students. Faculty members have a responsibility to inform students of the policies and procedures for obtaining IRB approval. The IRB process must be completed prior to any contact with human subjects.

The IRB follows the definition of a Human Subject as stated by The Department of Health and Human Services noted in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR):

"Human subject means a living individual about whom an investigator (whether professional or student) conducting research obtains; (1) data through intervention or interaction with the individual, or (2) identifiable private information."

- 45 CFR 46.102 (f) (Link opens in a new window)

The IRB process is guided by federal rules and regulations from the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/index.html (Link opens in a new window) supported by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The review process is based on the Protection of Human Subject Code of Federal regulations, the Belmont Report and provisions of 45CFR46 requiring institutions receiving federal funds to have all research involving human subjects be approved by the IRB.

All Webster University faculty, staff, and students who want to conduct research off campus, must also contact the IRB at the particular college, university, or institution and follow those research guidelines. Proof of IRB approval from an off campus site is then sent to Webster University IRB with the application.

Research conducted at international campuses must follow any applicable process within the country. Documentation that international processes have been followed is also submitted to Webster University's IRB.

To retrieve the new IRB application and review current policies and procedures please access this link http://www.webster.edu/irb/. (Link opens in a new window)