The University of Memphis in accordance with its Multiple Project Assurance (MPA)
filed with the Department of Health and Human Services, and 45 CFR part 46 establishes
the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects (IRB).
The University of Memphis
Institutional Review Board Policy Manual
Charge of the Committee
The IRB is responsible for reviewing research involving human subjects to ensure that
such research is consistent with the principles of (1) respect for persons, (2) beneficence,
and (3) justice, as set forth in the Belmont Report (1979). Additionally, the IRB
follows all applicable Federal, state, and university regulations. These include but
are not limited to 45 CFR Part 46, 21 CFR parts 50 and 56 and the University of Memphis
Multiple Project Assurance (MPA) for research involving human subjects.
Scope of Review
All research involving human subjects must be submitted for review and approved by
the IRB before it is initiated. The IRB reviews all research using human subjects
regardless of funding source and regardless of whether the investigator is faculty,
staff or student. Failure to comply with University policy may result in penalties
Definition of Human Subject
"Human subject" means a living individual about whom an investigator (whether professional
or student) conducting research obtains (1) data through intervention or interaction
with the individual, or (2) identifiable private information. (Title 45 CFR 46.102(f)).
Definition of Research
"Research" means a systematic investigation, including research development, testing
and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge. (Title
45 CFR 46.102(d)).
In accordance with 45 CFR 46, the IRB is required to report all instances of non-compliance
to the federal Office for Protection from Research Risks, Washington, DC.
Additionally, non-compliance with this policy by faculty/staff members may result
in one or more of the following:
- Removal from graduate faculty status;
- Suspension of research privileges at the University;
- Termination of employment
Non-compliance with this policy by students may jeopardize awarding of the degree