Radford University is committed to protecting the rights and ensuring the safety of human subjects participating in research conducted by faculty, staff, and students of the University. This commitment is guided by the ethical principles described in the “Belmont Report” and in applicable federal regulations.
For operational purposes, as required by federal law, this commitment is vested in the Institutional Review Board for Research Involving Human Subjects (the IRB) which operates under a Federalwide Assurance (FWA) on file with the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS):
FWA Number: FWA00004850 (Exp: 9/7/2016)
IRB Registration Number: IRB00003066
Reciprocity Agreement with Carilion: IRB00001142, IRB00001190
To comply with the Code of Virginia § 32.1-162.19, Radford University reviews, in the same manner, all research involving human subjects conducted by its faculty, staff, and students.
The Radford University IRB is appointed by the Institutional Official, the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies and Research. Members of the IRB serve a 3-year term that is renewable at the discretion of the Institutional Official.
IRB review is not meant to impose judgment on the merits of individual research projects. The review is meant to assess any potential risks to human subjects as defined by the Office of Human Research Protection (OHRP). The Radford University IRB will make every attempt to streamline the approval process while still evaluating and ensuring the protection of human subjects involved in research. Researchers are encouraged to contact the IRB Administrator with any questions or concerns about the IRB review process.