Institutional Review Board

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is the board formally designated in an institution to review the conduct of research involving human subjects, unless specifically exempted from IRB review, in accordance with the requirements of DHHS 45 CFR 46 (PDF).

The written procedures of the NYUAD HRPP plan (PDF) fully describe the IRB membership and operations, IRB administrative support, and other matters pertinent to the conduct of research involving human subjects at NYUAD.

  • OHRP Decision Charts
  • Human subjects research means any activity intended to obtain and record information from or about individuals for research purposes. Some examples are:

    • Questionnaires
    • In-person and telephone surveys
    • Educational tests
    • Observation of public or private behavior, including classroom observation
    • Interviews and focus groups
    • Evaluation and research components of demonstration and training programs
    • The collection or study of existing data (e.g. medical or school records)
       

    Research Requiring Approval Criteria
    Under the University's Federalwide Assurance (PDF), all research activities involving human subjects (funded or non-funded) must be approved by the IRB prior to the commencement of the research, if:

    • The research is sponsored by the University; or
    • The research is conducted by or under the direction of any University employee or agent (e.g., faculty member, researcher, or student) in connection with his/her other institutional responsibilities, no matter where the research is conducted; or
    • The research is conducted by or under the direction of any University employee or agent (e.g., faculty member, researcher, or student) using any University property or facility; or
    • The research involves the use of the University's non-public information to identify or contact human research subjects (or prospective subjects) or to provide data for the research; or
    • The research involves the use of the University's students, employees, or facilities.
       

    Research Activities include:

    • Dissertations
    • Master's theses
    • Pilot studies
    • Class projects
    • Non-funded faculty-directed research
       

    Research Not Requiring Approval Criteria:
    Use of certain types of data may not need IRB review and approval:

    • Public-use data
    • Biological specimens and patient data
    • De-identified data not derived from other research projects

    To determine whether the data for your proposed study meets the criteria for any of these categories complete the Checklist for Determining Whether a Project Involves Human Subjects Research (PDF).

    Consultancy does not qualify as "research" and so does not require review and approval by the NYUAD IRB.