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).
News and updates
- December 11, 2013: Our phone system is currently not working properly; if our main office number is in use, calls are not rolling over to secondary numbers. If you call 919-966-3113 and we do not answer within five rings, please hang up and call one of the following numbers, prefaced by area code 919: 966-3144; 966-7624; 966-5817; 966-9347. Or you may email us at email@example.com. Sorry for the inconvenience; we expect the technical issues to be resolved soon.
- October 30, 2013: Effective October 15, 2013, UNC will rely on the approval and oversight of the central/independent IRB already involved with an industry-sponsored, multicenter trial, provided certain criteria are met. Please CLICK HERE for a guidance document providing an overview of the process for requesting reliance on a central or independent IRB.
Informational sessions were offered to provide background, introduce the new policy and demonstrate the abbreviated application used for this scenario. Please CLICK HERE for the slides used in these sessions.
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.