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Human Subjects in Research

On January 17, 2018, OHRP announced a six-month delay in the effective date and general compliance date for the revised federal Common Rule. Most provisions in the revised Common Rule were scheduled to go into effect on January 19, 2018. Please see our Revised Common Rule Update page for more information.

The Institutional Review Board's (IRB) mission is to protect the rights, dignity, and welfare of all human subjects who participate in research programs at Lehigh University.  The Lehigh University IRB reviews, approves, exempts, and monitors activity that meets the definition of human subjects research and is conducted by Lehigh University faculty, staff, or students. See What Types of Activities Require IRB Review for more information. The IRB supports Lehigh University's dedication to excellence in research by promoting the ethical principles of respect for persons, beneficence, and justice as discussed in the Belmont Report.

IRB Standard Operating Procedures and Policies:
Lehigh University Policy on the Protection of Human Subjects in Research
Policy: Composition and Membership of the IRB
Policy: End Approval Dates
Policy: Human Subjects Research Principal Investigator
Policy: Reporting Unanticipated Problems/Adverse Events to the IRB

IRB Guidance:
What Types of Activities Require IRB Review
Ethical Issues in Research
Research Design Guidance
Student Investigators' Guide
IRB Authorization Agreements for Human Subjects Research
Assessing Risk Level Using Magnitude of Harm
Human Subjects Research Engagement
Suggested Best Practices for Gender & Sexuality Demographic Questions - from the LU Pride Center for Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity
International Research and Research with Non-English Speaking Populations - guidance and forms


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