Does my study need IRB review?

How do I know if a project needs IRB review?

  • Meets federal definition of “research” - Systematic investigation designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge.
  • Meets definition of “human subject(s)” - A living individual about whom an investigator is conducting research. The investigator will obtain information or biospecimen through intervention or interaction OR The investigator will gather data about living individuals that is private AND identifiable.

If you aren't sure if your study will need to be reviewed by the Murray State Institutional Review Board prior to beginning, these resources will help you decide. All research done for or by Murray State faculty, staff, or students that involves data on living people MUST submit either an IRB application. This includes human subject studies where you are sure IRB oversight does not apply. In those cases you must still submit the determination form and receive your IRB Oversight Determination Letter.

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