IRB Basic Steps

Does My Study Require IRB?

The revised Common Rule contains a more detailed definition of "research", specifically pointing out certain areas that are NOT "research." So, what is not research?

  • Scholarly and journalistic activities focused directly on the specific individuals about whom the information is collected (i.e., oral history).
  • Public health surveillance conducted, supported, requested, ordered, required, or authorized by a public health authority.
  • Collection and analysis of information or biospecimens for a criminal justice agency authorized by law or court order solely for criminal justice or criminal investigative purposes.
  • Authorized activities in support of intelligence, homeland security, defense or other national security interests.

To determine if your study is research, review the CSUF IRB Flow ChartPDF File Opens in new window

Belmont report

The Belmont Report was created by the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research. The primary purpose is to protect subjects and participants in clinical trials or research studies. This report consists of 3 principles: beneficence, justice, and respect for persons. For additional information, review the  Belmont Report and/or view the video   describing the basic ethical principles that underlie research involving human subjects and demonstrates how they can help resolve ethical conflicts in research. Visit  the Office for Human Research Protections websiteOpens in new window .

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