Compliance

Choosing the Right Institutional Review Board

If the Principal Investigator is employed at any of the following, then the investigator should contact the Health Sciences Institutional Review Board.

  • School of Medicine
  • University Hospitals and Clinics
  • Children's Hospital
  • Ellis Fischel Cancer Center
  • Howard A. Rusk Rehabilitation Center
  • Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital
  • School of Health Professions
  • Charles & Josie Smith Sinclair School of Nursing
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Missouri Institute of Mental Health
  • Missouri Rehabilitation Center
  • Columbia Regional Hospital

If the subject population includes patients at any of the aforementioned medical entities, if the research involves physical stress to the subjects, if the research involves neonates, or if the research involves any collection of human blood or tissue, then the investigator should contact the Health Sciences Institutional Review Board.

If the investigator intends to conduct research that is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or Veteran Affairs Medical Center (VAMC), then the investigator should contact the Health Sciences Institutional Review Board.

The Campus and Health Sciences IRBs use different forms and have different procedures. Investigators need to use the forms and follow the procedures of the IRB to which they are applying for approval. Any exception to the above rules concerning which IRB to use must be approved by both the Campus and Health Sciences IRB Compliance Officers.

No exceptions will be made to the appropriate forums listed above without prior consent from both IRB Compliance Officers. The primary objective of both IRBs is to expedite the review process and avoid delays based on inappropriate forums. As needed, the Compliance Officers of the HSIRB and Campus IRB will consult on a case-by-case basis on the appropriate forum for those research protocols that might be better reviewed in a different venue. The Compliance Officers will dispose of any questions regarding forums before an Investigator has committed time and resources to the IRB application and supporting review documentation.