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Institutional Review Board

Office of Institutional Research

UTTC IRB Mission

The mission of the IRB is to ensure that human participants are treated with the utmost respect and fairness throughout the research process and to further protect the rights and welfare of human participants. The IRB oversees the research to ensure that ethical principles are met and that the research is in compliance with the Belmont Report, 45 CFR 46, 21 CFR 50 and 56, and other applicable regulations, guidance, state and local laws. The goal of IRB review at UTTC is to review proposed research protocols to assess safety, subject confidentiality, degree of benefit and risk, and the need for and quality of informed consent. Each proposal is reviewed using criteria listed in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 45 Part 46, “Protection of Human Subjects” (1991, with minor updates since). Title 45 CFR Part 46 considers primarily the effects of research on individuals, including the three basic principles of respect for individual persons; potential harms and benefits to individuals; and justice for individuals. The UTTC IRB is only concerned with Human Participant Research (“HPR”). A researcher conducting non-human participant research (NHPR) research is excluded from IRB review.

UTTC IRB Purpose

UTTC recognizes the importance of conducting research using human participants to further the knowledge base of the academic and larger community. The college accepts the responsibility to assure that research conducted under its auspices protects the rights and welfare of human participants in accordance with federal regulations and ethical standards. The UTTC IRB will oversee this process by reviewing research involving human participants conducted by faculty, staff, and students. All research is done on the UTTC campus, specifically with UTTC students and/or employees, or sponsored by UTTC must be approved by the UTTC Institutional Review Board (IRB) prior to the research being conducted.

IRB Committee Meetings and Dates

UTTC IRB committee meets on the third Friday each month during the academic year. Special meetings may be called during the summer months should applicants and/or approved research project principal investigators require action. Contact irb@uttc.edu for currently scheduled meetings.