St. Joseph's Health (SJH)/ St. Peter's Health Partners (SPHP)
Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Office of Human Subjects Research – 

Institutional Review Board

Purpose of the Institutional Review Board (IRB)

St. Joseph’s Health Hospital and St. Peter’s Health Partners  combined maintains one Institutional Review Board (IRB). The primary responsibility of the IRB is to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects, through review and oversite of safe and ethical research. It discharges this duty by complying with the requirements of federal and state regulations, St. Joseph’s Health Hospital FWA, St. Peter’s Health Partners FWA and the combined St. Joseph’s Health / St. Peter’s Health Partners policies and procedures.

The IRB functions independently of, but in coordination with, other organizational committees and officials. The IRB, however, makes independent determinations whether to approve, require modification in, or disapprove research based upon whether human subjects are adequately protected.

Research that has been reviewed and approved by the IRB may be subject to review and disapproval by officials of the organization. However, those officials may not approve human research that has not been approved or has been disapproved by the IRB.

All research protocols under the auspices of St. Joseph’s Health/St. Peter’s Health Partners that involve human subjects must be reviewed by, and receive the approval of the IRB, prior to initiation of the protocol.

St. Joseph Hospital Health Center & St. Peter’s Health Partners IRB Compliance Statement