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How IRB Members are Chosen

IRB members are nominated by Board members and by a majority vote are extended an invitation to serve on the IRB for a minimum of a two-year commitment.

The following factors are considered during the selection process:

  • Membership on the IRB shall meet the guidelines defined by the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).  The IRB must have at least 5 members with varying backgrounds to promote complete and adequate review of research activities commonly conducted by the institution.  The IRB must be sufficiently qualified through the experience and expertise of its members and the diversity of their backgrounds (including considerations of their racial cultural heritage and their sensitivity to issues such as community attitudes), to promote respect for its advice and counsel in safeguarding the rights and welfare of human subjects.

  • The IRB must include one member whose primary concerns are in scientific areas, and at least one member whose primary concerns are non-scientific.  In addition, the IRB must include a person knowledgeable in institutional commitments and regulations, applicable law, and standards of professional conduct and practice.  The IRB must include a least one member who is not otherwise affiliated with the institution and who is not part of the immediate family of a person who is affiliated with the institution.  The IRB shall consider the type of community from which the institution will draw its research subjects.  A representative from that type of community, including minorities shall be considered in the IRB membership.

  • In accordance with the CFR, the IRB at NHRMC shall consist of at least one physician, one administrator, one clergy member, one lay person, and possibly a representative from a minority group.  The IRB shall have a Chairperson.  The IRB shall make every nondiscriminatory effort to ensure that it does not consist entirely of women or men.  Selections must not however, be made on the basis of gender.  There shall be at least one member who is not an employee of nor reimbursed in any way by NHRMC.

For additional information specific to NHRMC IRB Membership you may refer to our Policy and Procedure #2 entitled, "IRB Membership."

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