The California State University, San Bernardino Institutional Review Boards mission is to assure, both in advance and by periodic review, that appropriate steps are taken to protect the rights and welfare of humans participating as subjects in the research. To accomplish this purpose, IRBs use a group peer review process to review research protocols and related materials (e.g., informed consent documents, surveys, interview questions, and protocol design) to ensure protection of the rights and welfare of human subjects of research. This is in accordance with federal regulations in the Federal Office of Human Research Protections CFR Title 45 Part 46 and the Federal Food and Drug Administration Title 21 Part 50 and Part 56.

The ethical responsiblity of institution’s IRB is to ensure, regardless of whether the research is subject to the U.S. Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (also known as the Common Rule), it will be guided by a statement of principles governing the institution in the discharge of its responsibilities for protecting the rights and welfare of human subjects of research conducted at or sponsored by the institution (OHRP, 2014). The requirements of our federal mandate is to further assure students, faculty, staff, and external researchers operate within the requirements of our filing a Federalwide Assurance of Compliance with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP). The CSUSB IRB OHRP Federal Assurance number is FWA00004865.

To our federal mandate to protect human participants in research the IRB requests the student(s) and their faculty advisor attend the meeting for applications reviewed under the full board review category. Attending the meeting will facilitate the approval of your IRB application addressing in person any concerns and clarifications the board has regarding your protocol. Those who would like to attend IRB meetings to view the IRB process are also invited to attend. We would request that you please notify the Research Compliance Officer r at 909-537-7588 or mgillesp@csusb.edu to provide seating arrangements.

Please plan to submit your protocols accordingly and with due dilligence especially if your IRB application is directly tied to grant related funding and agency approval. Your attention to detail is important in order to facilitate IRB review of your application protocol in a timely, thorough, and efficient manner. Please note the IRB does not meet for full board reviews durng the summer as the CSUSB faculty on the IRB committee are unavailable to meet to conduct a meeting and hold an IRB quorum as required by OHRP federal regulations.

Thank you,

Institutional Review Board