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Welcome!  You are on the page for the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for California Baptist University.  We review all proposals for research with human participants before the research takes place; we exist to ensure that the rights of human participants will be protected if the project is completed as proposed by a researcher.  The information on this page, especially in the handbook documents linked under “Current Handbook”, will help you understand (1) your role as a researcher in the protection of human participants and (2) how you can demonstrate to the IRB that your proposed research project meets the federal guidelines for ethical research with human participants.

Important Note: As of January 20, 2019, there is a new handbook and all IRB submission forms have been updated. Applications must use current forms in order to be reviewed. Please always refer to this page to download the most updated form prior to completing an application. The new forms may have questions that you don’t understand; please be sure you consult the IRB handbook in order to answer each question fully and accurately to avoid a delay in review.

IRB Review Dates

Exempt/Expedited applications are reviewed continuously. The 2018-2019 IRB Committee established a meeting schedule to review full board applications, posted in the meeting calendar section. Complete applications for full board review must be received two weeks before the meeting to be considered at that meeting; please plan accordingly. Meetings occur once or twice a month, depending on need, throughout the 9-month academic calendar. Full Board Review during the summer months is on an as needed basis. Please continue to submit all applications in the correct format to irb@calbaptist.edu

PLEASE NOTE: In lieu of the NIH Certificate (which is still accepted, if dated within the past 24 months), researchers are now required to submit a valid CITI Human Subjects Research (HSR) training certificate. Information on creating an account is available under the “Tutorial for Conducting Research with Human Participants” link (top right).

 
All IRB questions and correspondence should be sent to IRB@calbaptist.edu