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Institutional Review Board (IRB)

About Us

hospitalThe Decatur Memorial Hospital Institutional Review Board (IRB) is charged with protecting the rights, welfare and safety of individuals recruited for, or participating in, human subjects research. The IRB accomplishes this feat by ensuring that all studies comply with institutional policies, as well as state, local and federal laws.

The IRB also has jurisdiction over Humanitarian Use Devices that are used within the hospital. While the use of these devices may not constitute research, Congress has delegated this responsibility to IRBs across the nation.

The IRB review process is guided by federal rules and regulations, and is based on the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (‘the Common Rule’), the Belmont Report, and provisions set forth in 45 CFR 46 and 21 CFR 814. As such, the DMH IRB has the authority to review research conducted at Decatur Memorial Hospital or under the Heartland NCORP, and then approve, modify or disapprove these studies based on their findings.

The IRB also has the authority to review Humanitarian Device Exemptions, then approve, modify or disapprove their use at Decatur Memorial Hospital.

The Decatur Memorial Hospital IRB is comprised of a single committee made up of scientists and nonscientists, and at least one member who is not affiliated with the hospital.