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IRB Process Flow Chart


The California State University, San Bernardino Institutional Review Board (IRB) mission is to assure, both in advance and by periodic review, appropriate steps are taken to protect the rights and welfare of humans participating as subjects in the research. To accomplish this purpose, IRBs use a group peer review process to review research protocols and related materials (e.g., informed consent documents, surveys, interview questions, and protocol design) to ensure the protection of the rights and welfare of human subjects of research. This is in accordance with federal regulations in the Federal Office of Human Research Protections CFR Title 45 Part 46 and the Federal Food and Drug Administration Title 21 Part 50 and Part 56.

The ethical responsibility of institution’s IRB is to ensure, regardless of whether the research is subject to the U.S. Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (also known as the Common Rule), it will be guided by a statement of principles governing the institution in the discharge of its responsibilities for protecting the rights and welfare of human subjects of research conducted at or sponsored by the institution. The requirements of our federal mandate further assure students, faculty, staff, and external researchers operate within the requirements of Federalwide Assurance of Compliance with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP). The CSUSB IRB OHRP Federal Assurance number is FWA00004865.

Researchers (students, staff, faculty, administrators) are invited to attend the meeting when their IRB application is being reviewed by the full board committee. Attending the meeting will facilitate the approval of your IRB application so you can address any concerns and clarifications the board has regarding your protocol. Please direct requests to attend meetings with the Research Compliance Officer at 909-537-7588 or to provide meeting details.

Please plan to submit your protocols accordingly and with due diligence. Your attention to detail is important in filling out the human subjects application to ensure IRBs timely, thorough, and efficient review.. Please note the IRB does not meet during the winter or summer break to review bull board applications, you can find IRB meeting details on the website