Institutional Review Board-03

Welcome to the University of Florida Health Science Center – Jacksonville IRB-03. This site is for UF faculty, staff and students who conduct or participate as investigators in research with human subjects. Federal regulations require that an IRB must approve all research involving human subjects before initiating study-related activities.

The IRB's primary mission is to protect the rights and welfare of participants, or research subjects, in human research studies. The IRB membership is diverse and includes experts from a variety of fields, such as physicians, nurses, pharmacists, statisticians, researchers, community members and representatives of vulnerable populations. The IRB reviews research before it is initiated and monitors research activities while it is being conducted. This is necessary in order to assess that the study follows ethical guidelines and meets appropriate federal, state and local requirements.

Visit University of Florida Federalwide Assurance for additional details.

Use of myIRB - Notice to Investigators, effective Aug. 1, 2017

Starting with continuing reviews due after Aug. 1, 2017, the IRB-03 will require that all active studies not already in myIRB, be submitted to myIRB. It is expected that by Aug. 1, 2018, all active studies will be in myIRB. Click here to learn more.

Who can be a Principal Investigator?

Working with the three UF IRB's, IRB-01, 02 and 03, faculty stakeholders and research deans in affected colleges, the Office of Research has developed guidelines to define better the qualifications needed to be a Principal Investigator, or PI, of a human subjects research project.

The new guidelines are posted on the UF IRB website and specifically address the role that students can play in overseeing human subject research. UF must ensure that PIs are suitably qualified and accountable for all aspects of research projects and that other investigators are qualified to fulfill the requested role. The IRBs designate as PI the person who either conducts and/or oversees the entire protocol. The PI is also the person held accountable by UF and IRBs to ensure all human subjects' regulations and any financial issues are addressed. A PI often delegates some of the research activities to students, study coordinators or others, while remaining accountable for the protocol. These guidelines were updated to be consistent with peer institutions.

The new guidelines are effective July 15, 2013, and will apply to any new protocol or revision request submitted. The instructions are available by clicking here.

NOTE: This and other administrative memos are maintained at University of Florida Administrative Memo.

Protocol Development Assistance

The Center for Health Equity and Quality Research is a valuable research resource. One of the primary goals of CHEQR is to provide research design and analysis consulting services to faculty, residents and fellows, including help with IRB preparation and submission, development of protocols, grant development, data collection, data analysis and report generation.

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