Summary of Investigator Responsibilities

Version Date: November 8, 2013

Brief Summary of Investigator Responsibilities Related to Protection of Human Subjects

All University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty, staff, students, and agents of the institution are required to submit for Institutional Review Board (IRB) review any research project involving human subjects.  Human subjects research includes a wide range of activities, including clinical trials, the collection or use of specimens obtained from human subjects, survey and interview research, research involving medical records, and the creation of databases for research purposes. By campus policy human subjects research that may qualify for exemption from IRB review must nonetheless be submitted to an IRB for a determination regarding the appropriateness of an exemption.

The University of Wisconsin - Madison has three Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) which review human subjects research to ensure that Federal, State, and institutional requirements are met for protecting human subjects involved in research.  The Health Sciences IRBs review research involving medical interventions, procedures where medical expertise is required for evaluation, or require knowledge of the health care setting.  The Education and Social/Behavioral IRB reviews education, social, behavioral, and non-medical health research.  Protocols include human subjects research about the education process, effectiveness of education programs and child development as well as studies that focus on the decision processes and individual functioning in social environment. 
Compliance with regulations and policies governing human subjects research ensures the integrity of the University of Wisconsin - Madison as a research institution.

The IRBs and their office staff encourage investigators to seek assistance in meeting these standards.  Please contact us:
Some of the responsibilities that researchers assume when conducting research involving human subjects include, but are not limited to, the following: