Institutional Review Board (IRB)
The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is responsible for ensuring that the rights and welfare of human subjects in social behavioral and biomedical research are protected. The University of North Dakota requires that all research projects involving humans as subjects, or which use human material, be reviewed and approved by the IRB prior to initiation of any research using human participants, including recruitment and screening activities.
The University of North Dakota went through a rigorous process to become accredited in human research protections. Achieving full accreditation by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs,Inc. (AAHRPP) demonstrates UND's commitment to quality and accountability in its human research protection program, ensuring that all research participants receive the highest standard of protection.
Furthermore, accreditation means:
- UND is committed to the most comprehensive protections for research participants and the highest quality research.
- Research participants receive more comprehensive protection from UND.
- UND applies the federal safeguards to all research that involves human participants.
- UND maintains efficient systems for monitoring participant well-being.
- UND demonstrates the high quality of its human research protection program in meeting the rigorous accreditation standards and process.
- UND has a stronger, more cohesive research program committed to continuous improvement.
- UND goes beyond what is required by law to protect human participants and ensure integrity of research.