Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The FVTC Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews research projects involving human subjects to ensure the following standards are upheld:

  • Individuals involved in the project are treated ethically
  • Appropriate methods are used to secure consent
  • Private information is handled with confidentiality


Review Methods

Exempt from Review

The US Department of Health and Human Services has defined criteria that qualify a research project for exemption from review by an Institutional Review Board (IRB).  The determination of whether a research project is exempt cannot be made by the Principal Investigator; it must be made by FVTC's IRB.  For a description of the exempt criteria, please refer to FVTC's Charter and Standard Operating Procedures document.

Full IRB Committee Review

Research involving more than minimal risk to a participant requires review by FVTC's full IRB.  Full review covers all research that is not specifically suited for “Exempt from Review".  For a description of the full IRB committee review, please refer to FVTC's Charter and Standard Operating Procedures document.


IRB Exemption Request Form

Questions about IRB?

If you have questions or need help with matters of the IRB, please contact College Effectiveness:

Email: IRB@versusall.net
Phone: 920-735-3882