The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is an appointed body at California State University Channel Islands under the sponsorship of the 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 to 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 by making the campus community aware of and familiar with best practices in  human subjects' research and our collective obligations to the protection of human subjects.

IRB members work hard to review all proposals in a timely fashion.  The Board holds regular meetings during the academic year.  During the summer, no regular meetings are scheduled but Board members are available to review exempt and expedited proposals.  IRB applications that require a full Board review should be submitted during the regular academic year.

Revised Common Rule

The Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (45 CFR 46), also known as the Common Rule has been revised. The revised version took effect on January 21, 2019. 

The Office of Human Research Protections in the Dept. of Health and Human Services has created a series of videos and other resources to help explain some of the new provisions and changes. The videos provide an overview of the major changes, and their website provides a compilation of other educational resources including Q&A’s and recently released guidance documents.

View the Revised Common Rule Educational Resources at:

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