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Institutional Review Board

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Akron Children's Institutional Review Board (IRB) is constituted to review and approve all human subject-related research conducted at Children’s by or under the direction of employees, agents or members of the medical staff in connection with their institutional responsibilities.

The IRB is responsible for protecting the rights and welfare of human subjects in research as set forth in the Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research (Belmont Report) and the Code of Federal Regulations (45 CFR 46 and 21 CFR 56), and for assuring compliance with federal, state and local laws as they may relate to the participation of human subjects in research.

Criteria for Approval

  • Risks minimized
  • Risks balanced by benefits
  • Selection of subjects is equitable
  • Procedures for obtaining informed consent
  • Procedures for documentation of consent
  • Data monitoring provision
  • Privacy and confidentiality measures
  • Safeguards for vulnerable subjects

For information on how to submit to the IRB, contact the IRB coordinator, Michelle Jacobs, at 330-543-3691.