In accordance with federal regulations, the Institutional Review Boards are composed of members with expertise in science, ethics and non-scientific areas. The IRBs strive to ensure diverse representation from the many fields of study on campus. Additionally, the IRBs have members from the local community who are unaffiliated with Purdue University. This diversity fosters a comprehensive approach to safeguarding the rights and welfare of subjects involved in Purdue University research activities.
The purpose of the IRB is to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects. This is done by reviewing all human subject research engaged in by Purdue University. Additionally, we assist Purdue administrators, faculty, staff, and students in aligning their research protocols with this purpose.
A protocol that has been approved by the IRB is further reviewed and approved or denied by the institution. The IRB and the institutional representative must approve human subject research before it is undertaken.
The IRBs are a unit of the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP), which is housed within the Office of Research Administration (ORA).