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Research Involving Human Subjects

Research Involving Human Subjects

The Pomona College Human Subjects Protections Committee (Institutional Review Board) ensures compliance with federal and state regulations concerning the use of humans as research subjects. Committee members include an Associate Dean of the College and faculty members as well as a community representative.  This committee serves as Pomona College's Institutional Review Board for all research involving human subjects on Pomona's campus or sponsored by Pomona College, including any externally sponsored research project wishing to recruit Pomona College students, staff or faculty.  Researchers who plan research involving human subjects are required to submit their research protocol to the Pomona IRB for review. 

Mary Paster is the associate dean who works with the IRB.  Researchers wishing to employ human subjects should notify the dean at an early stage in the project design about the need for IRB review.  Not all research involving human subjects requires full review by the IRB, and, under federal regulations, some research may be exempt.  However, this determination should be made by the IRB, not the individual researcher. Application forms for full review, or for investigators wishing to be considered for an exemption from full IRB review, are available via the following links:

Application for Full IRB Review [doc]

IRB Children Investigator Checklist [doc]

Application for IRB Exempt Review [doc]

In order to conduct research involving human subjects, the principle investigator (PI) and faculty mentor (in the case of a student PI) must complete training through either the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI), or NIH training program linked below.  The certificate of training should be included with the IRB review application.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Human Research Protection
http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/

Categories of Research Eligible for Exempt or Expedited Review
http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/policy/hsdc95-02.html

NSF Web Page on Research Involving Human Subjects
http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/human.jsp

International Compilation of Human Research Protections
http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/international/intlcompilation/2014intlcomp.pdf.pdf [pdf]

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