Institutional Review Board

Institutional Review Board Forms and Policies

The St. Vincent Institutional Review Boards (IRB) review all study protocols to ensure the protection and ethical treatment of human subject research participants as well as the scientific integrity of the research. Our IRB's operate under a domestic Federal Wide Assurance for the Protection of Human Subjects (FWA #00001631) granted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

St.Vincent Health has established a Human Research Protection Program, and has designated an Organizational Official to oversee this Program.  The St.Vincent Health Human Research Protection Program covers all research involving human subjects performed at or under the auspices of any St.Vincent Health system hospital or subsidiary ministry (Ministry).  The term "research involving human subjects" includes any research-related procedure conducted at the Ministry or any Ministry-controlled facility.

Under the terms of the St.Vincent Human Research Protection Program, the Organizational Official is authorized to determine the Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) that shall be relied upon by the Ministry.  The St.Vincent IRBs are currently the sole Boards that have received this reliance designation.  The Ministry may rely upon IRBs of another organization subsequent to review and approval by the Organizational Official, who must ensure that appropriate steps have been taken to ensure local review of compliance with St.Vincent Ministry policies.