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Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The purpose of the University of Alabama's Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to ensure the safe and ethical treatment of humans as subjects in research, public service, and training programs. In accordance with federal and university regulations, it is required that the IRB review all research involving human subjects conducted at or sponsored by the University of Alabama regardless of the funding source. The University of Alabama's IRB has a moral duty and obligation to protect human subjects prior to the commencement of any research study and to discontinue any protocol upon notification of irregular activity warranting such action.

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IRB Notes


The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for Revisions to the Common Rule (45 CFR 46: Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects) has been extended.  The new comment period deadline is January 6, 2015.  Please see the note below for additional information regarding the submission of comments to OHRP regarding the NPRM. 


Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for Revisions to the Common Rule (45 CFR 46: Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects)

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Announces Proposal to Improve Rules Protecting Human Research Subjects

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, along with fifteen other Federal Departments and Agencies, has announced proposed revisions to the regulations for protection of human subjects in research. On September 8, 2015, a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) was published in the Federal Register to revise the Common Rule. The NPRM seeks comment on proposed changes.  Comments regarding the NPRM may be submitted to the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) until December 7, 2015 electronically, by mail, or by hand/courier.  Instructions for submitting comments can be located on the OHRP webpage at the following link:


Change in State Law regarding Age of Consent/Majority

In May 2015, Governor Robert Bentley signed into law Act 2015-167, which lowered the age of consent to participate in research (“age of majority”) to 18 years old for IRB-approved research conducted by a federally accredited college or university. Therefore, parental permission is no longer required for 18-year-olds who may now provide their own consent to participate in IRB-approved research conducted at UA.

The UA IRB has updated its relevant policies, guidance, and forms. The revised IRB documents must be used for all IRB submissions (new, modification, and continuing review/renewal) received within the Office for Research Compliance beginning July 17, 2015.

Please click here for additional information.



NEW – Access to CITI Training via myBama Login Portal 

University of Alabama faculty, staff, and students can now access the CITI Program’s Human Subjects Research Training through their existing myBama accounts.  Access to CITI via myBama is ONLY for individuals with valid myBama accounts. UA users should log into the myBama CITI Login Portal using their myBama user name and password (NOTE: a separate CITI login is no longer required).  All other non-UA investigators should go to to access the training.  Training must be completed/updated every two (2) years.


NEW GUIDANCE DOCUMENT:  “U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Requirements for Human Subjects Research” has been added to the list of Guidance Documents.  The topic “Environmental Protection Agency” and the document have also been added to the FIND IT FAST grid.


The UA guidance document on Department of Defense Regulations for Human Subjects Research has been updated.  The following changes have been made to the document at this time:

  • Additional protections for military research participants to minimize undue influence
  • Research involving pregnant women, prisoners, and children are subject to the DHHS Subparts B, C, and D
  • Waiver of consent is prohibited for classified research and “experimental subjects”
  • If obtaining consent from the LAR of an experimental subject, the IRB must determine that the research will benefit the subject.
  • Additional safeguards for international research to minimize risks, host country approval, investigator permission, and international collaborators
  • Additional requirements for reporting of non-compliance or suspension/termination of DoD-sponsored research
  • Formal agreement between organizations is required for multi-site research

Investigators working on FDA regulated studies should note the following additional FDA requirements for informed consent:

  • As of March 7, 2012, the FDA requires the following language in all consent forms for drug or device clinical trials that are initiated on or after that date:  “A description of this clinical trial will be available on, as required by U. S. Law. This website will not include information that can identify you.  At most, the website will include a summary of the results. You can search this website at any time.”
  • The FDA does not allow a waiver or alteration of the requirements for obtaining informed consent except in circumstances where the research meets criteria for “emergency research”. 
  • The FDA permits waiver of documentation of informed consent if certain criteria are met.


IRB Office and Mailing Address

358 Rose Administration
Box 870127
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487



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