The Ohio Department of Health Institutional Review Board (IRB, is a governmental health-related entity composed of members from several state agencies. As dictated by federal rule, all research activities involving human subjects must be reviewed and approved by an IRB unless the research falls into a category of exemption established by federal regulation.
In accordance with FDA regulations, the IRB reviews human subjects research proposals to ensure risks have been minimized and the potential for benefit has been maximized before human subjects participate in the research. The IRB also ensures, when required, that human subjects only volunteer to participate in research after providing legally effective informed consent.
Investigators may not solicit subject participation or begin data collection until they have received approval from the appropriate IRB or written concurrence that research has been determined to be exempt from IRB review.
Detailed information can be found at the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Human Research Protection website: http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/.
All data released as part of an approved IRB protocol must follow the ODH Data Policies and Standards.
All applicants must fill out the Application for Protocol Review (pdf version) or (word version) and submit it to the address listed below.
A general data confidentiality form can be downloaded here. For specific program's confidentiality forms contact the program you are working with.
IRB meetings are held the 4th Tuesday of every month (excluding December). Your Application for Protocol must be received at least 14 calendar days prior to the meeting date for it to be considered at the next meeting.
Ohio Department of Health
ODH Institutional Review Board
William McHugh, DM, Chairman
246 North High Street, 2nd floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Telephone: (614) 644-0663
Fax: (614) 564-2424
Last Updated: 06/21/11