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GENERAL INFORMATION ON THE IRB
AT MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY
(updated 2/5/10)

Montana Hall

All research involving human subjects must be registered in one way or another with the Institutional Review Board. Some research in which there is essentially no risk to subjects is exempt from the requirement that they be reviewed by the full committee. However, an Application for Request for Exemption must be filled out and submitted for review by the Chair to insure that it does fall within the exempt guidelines. Examples of such research are:

Research conducted in established or commonly accepted educational settings involving normal educational practices.

Research involving the use of educational tests, survey procedures, interview procedures, observation of public behavior, provided that the research does not deal with sensitive material such as sexual behavior, criminal behavior, substance abuse, matters affecting subjectís employability, or matters which could lead to criminal or civil litigation.

Research involving the collection or study of existing data, documents, records, pathological specimens, or diagnostic specimens, if these materials are not generated at the request of the investigator and if information concerning the materials is recorded by the investigator in such a manner that the subjects cannot be identified.

If the research is believed to be exempt, the investigator should submit the form entitled Request for Designation of Research as Exempt from the Requirement of Institutional Review Board Review.  These applications must be accompanied by documentation that all investigators involved in the research have received education and instruction in the protection of the rights of human subjects and the ethical conduct of human research.

For research that is not exempt, the investigator should submit copies of the standard Application Form  for full committee or expedited review. These applications must be accompanied by documentation that all investigators involved in the research have received education and instruction in the protection of the rights of human subjects and the ethical conduct of human research.

The Institutional Review Board usually meets on the third Thursday of every month. In order for the Board members to have a chance to review incoming material, 14 copies of the Institutional Review Board Application Form and 14 copies of the Consent Form should be submitted by 12:00 NOON on the SECOND Thursday of the month (one week ahead of the Board meeting date). Also include a copy of any questionnaires, letters to appropriate school or hospital administrators, etc., which are a part of your proposal, with each copy of your application. Turn these materials in to the Institutional Review Board Office, 960 Technology Blvd., Room 127, Bozeman, MT 59718. For information and assistance, call 406-994-6783.  NOTE:  If you are requesting an expedited review of your proposal you only need to submit three (3) copies of the application, consent form and other related materials.

After the Institutional Review Board reviews your proposal, you can expect a written response from the chair of the committee no later than one week after the Board meeting. If no problems are found with your proposal, you will be granted approval for a period of one year. If the Board raises concerns regarding your protocol, you will be asked to address these before your proposal can be approved.

To request that copies of the IRB Application Form and instructions for writing a IRB Consent Form be mailed to you, please e-mail cherylj@montana.edu. These materials are also available by downloading them from the "application" section within the Institutional Review Board web site.
 


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