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Embry-Riddle is committed to protecting the rights of and ensuring the safety of human subjects participating in research conducted by faculty, staff, and students of the University and for research in which Embry-Riddle is engaged. The Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research (IRB), a federally mandated body established under the Department of Health & Human Services regulates the Protection of Human Subjects, by protecting the rights and welfare of participants recruited to volunteer in research activities conducted under the auspices of Embry-Riddle. The IRB reports to the legal department.

The guiding ethical principles of the IRB are embodied in the Belmont Report: Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research. The principles of respect for persons, beneficence, and justice are accepted as critical considerations for the ethical conduct of human subjects research. View the History of Ethics to see why we review research using human participants.

University policy requires that all research involving human participants be reviewed and approved by the IRB prior to initiation of the research. This requirement applies to research utilizing human participants conducted at any campus by faculty, staff, and students and further mandates that those conducting research using human participants must first complete Mandatory Training.

Research involving human subjects includes the recruitment of potential participants in research, collection of data about or from human subjects (including surveys), and the use of existing data (including specimens). Any changes to a project after IRB approval must be submitted for review and approval before implementation. Continuing review is also required at regular intervals for certain protocols.

We at Embry-Riddle are excited about the research being conducted and we look forward to working with you.