IRB Committee - VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System Research Services
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IRB Committee

The VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System IRB reviews all research involving human subjects conducted in any area owned or leased by the hospital. Its goal is to assure the rights and welfare of the human subjects are adequately protected, guided by the ethical principles in the Belmont Report, published by the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research (April 18, 1979). As part of its mandate, the IRB reviews new protocols and then monitors them by performing annual reviews and considering all requests for modifications, adverse events, protocol violations and safety concerns.

Research Protocols involving human subjects require review and approval by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) BEFORE any work is initiated.


 The IRB meets twice a month, generally on the second and fourth Thursday of the month.

All submissions for IRB approval will be handled via VAIRRS/IRBNet, the VA's regulatory management system.  You can find more information about VAIRRS by clicking here.  All forms required for submission and additional instructions can be found in the Document Libraries located within VAIRRS.

For new research, you must first add a new project in VAIRRS, to be reviewed by the RDC, prior to IRB review.  

For more information, please contact the IRB coordinators for further guidance.