This document describes the purview of UW-Madison IRBs.
- The UW-Madison has established multiple IRBs in order to ensure appropriate expertise is available to review the range and complexity of research conducted by its faculty, staff, and students.
- The Education and Social/Behavioral Science IRB (ED/SBS IRB) specializes in education, social and behavioral science research
- It does not review FDA-regulated research.
- It does not have appropriate expertise for review of medical research, but may review minimal risk health-related studies, such as those involving exercise, tape sensors, and single venipuncture, where medical training is not necessary for the evaluation of risk to research participants.
- The ED/SBS IRB reviews some social and behavioral research involving genetic testing.
- The HS IRB reviews studies involving medical interventions or procedures where medical expertise is required for evaluation.
- Generally, FDA-regulated research is reviewed by this board.
- The MR IRB primarily reviews studies that present minimal risk to subjects and that involve medical interventions or procedures requiring medical expertise or that require knowledge of the health care setting (e.g., medical records research, research database and tissue banking projects, survey and interview research, and exemption applications).
- The MR IRB can review more than minimal risk studies, when the committee consists of members with the appropriate expertise or ad hoc consultant(s) are appointed, should additional expertise be necessary.
- All IRBs may review federally and non-federally funded prisoner research.
Adopted By: Cross-Campus Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) Advisory Committee
Adoption Date: December 11, 2014