IRB and Office of Human Research Ethics

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Announcements

  • June 15, 2016: The IRB guidance titled “How to Request a Reliance Agreement” was revised June 15, 2016, as follows:
    • Page 1 – Fogarty Global Fellows has been added to the table specifying coverage by the UNC IRB and PI privileges.
    • Page 2- Additional example of a collaboration with an institutional investigator.

    February 25, 2016: The IRB guidance document entitled, “How to Request a Reliance Agreement” has been updated. This document provides step-by-step instructions for requesting reliance agreements (i.e., IIA, IAA), including information about when agreements should be requested. To obtain a copy of the document, click on “Training and Education Resources” in the left navigation bar and then select “IRB Guidance Documents” or CLICK HERE.

  • December 14, 2015: The Office of Human Research Ethics (OHRE) has moved to a new location: the second floor of 720 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Chapel Hill. Our previous office at 105 Mason Farm Road is closed.
  • For older items, see News section

Organizational Structure

The Office of Human Research Ethics (OHRE) is responsible for ethical and regulatory oversight of research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that involves human subjects. OHRE supports and oversees the work of the Institutional Review Boards (IRBs). The IRBs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are organized by area of expertise.  The IRBs are:

Biomedical IRB (Committees A through D): Reviews research involving School of Medicine, School of Pharmacy, UNC Hospitals, and research in other units that involves biomedical interventions. Expertise is focused on medical, surgical, physiological or pharmacological studies. Includes research with drugs, devices, counseling, or other interventions. Studies that require dental expertise are reviewed by Biomedical Committee B.

Non-Biomedical IRB (Committee E):  A combination of the former Behavioral and Public Health-Nursing IRBs. Reviews research in psychology, child development, education, anthropology, information and library science, social work, journalism, and many other disciplines under Academic Affairs, as well as studies from the School of Public Health, School of Nursing, nursing-related studies at UNC Hospitals, non-medical research from the Injury Prevention Research Center, Carolina Population Center, Health Promotion Disease Prevention, and Sheps Center. Expertise is focused on research in behavioral and social sciences, the humanities, epidemiology and other research in a public health or nursing context.

IRB Safety Committee: This committee handles submissions that are atypical or otherwise outside the norm, as well as Unanticipated Problems Involving Risks to Subjects or Others (UPIRSO) and other compliance issues, Humanitarian Use Devices (HUDs), emergency research on single patients under a single subject treatment IND.  It meets monthly but can be convened rapidly should circumstances require.

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CB# 7097
720 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Bldg# 385, Second Floor
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7097

Ph: 919-966-3113
Fax: 919-966-7879
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