The Institutional Review Board (IRB)
The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is an appointed body at California State University Channel Islands under the sponsorship of Research and Sponsored Programs (RSP) office, charged with the responsibility to ensure that all research funded or non-funded involving human subjects protects the rights of those subjects. All research that involves any type of interaction with human subjects – from simple surveys to complex biomedical procedures – must be reviewed and approved by the IRB prior to starting the research. Through the process of review and approval, the IRB fulfills institutional obligations for local, state and the federal Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) and exercises ethical human subjects research practices as specified and required by federal regulations. To facilitate that process, IRB also seeks to play an educational role such that all campus community members are aware of and familiar with best human subjects' research practices, and understands collective obligations to the human subjects.