Human Research Protection Program

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is the research oversight committee charged with ensuring that human subjects research is conducted in compliance with the applicable federal, state, and institutional policies and procedures. 

IRB #1 (Registration  #IRB00000063) typically reviews Social Behavioral research, Educational Research, Exercise studies involving healthy adult participants, and some nutritional studies.

Submission Date for Full Committee ReviewMeeting Date
December 21, 2021January 21, 2022 -CANCELLED
January 18, 2022February 18, 2022 - CANCELLED
February 18, 2022March 18, 2022 - CANCELLED
March 15, 2022April 15, 2022
April 20, 2022May 20, 2022
May 17, 2022June 17, 2022
June 15, 2022July 15, 2022
July 19, 2022August 19, 2022
August 16, 2022September 16, 2022
September 21, 2022October 21, 2022
October 18, 2022November 18, 2022
November 9, 2022December 9, 2022

IRB #2 (Registration #IRB00010889) typically reviews Clinical Trials involving drugs, biologics, and devices, FDA-regulated research, Biomedical and Exercise studies involving children and/or patient populations, and some nutritional studies. Be sure to allow appropriate time for HSO staff to prepare submissions for review by the IRB.  The deadlines for submission are guidelines for most studies. For submissions involving collaborations and FDA-regulated research, allow additional time for meeting preparation. The IRB Chair may Table items that are not ready for review at the meeting.

Submission Date for Full Committee ReviewMeeting Date
December 5, 2021January 5, 2022 - CANCELLED
January 2, 2022February 2, 2022 - CANCELLED
February 2, 2022March 2, 2022 - CANCELLED
March 6, 2022April 6, 2022
April 4, 2022May 4, 2022
May 1, 2022June 1, 2022
June 6, 2022July 6, 2022
July 6, 2022August 3, 2022
August 7, 2022September 7, 2022
September 5, 2022October 5, 2022
October 2, 2022November 2, 2022
November 7, 2022December 7, 2022

University of Georgia is committed to providing its IRB members with the education and tools necessary for the rigorous and thoughtful review of human research protocols. IRB members are expected to acquire the knowledge to help ensure compliance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations, institutional policies, as well as the ethical concerns related to human research protection.

Following appointment to membership on the IRB and prior to serving as expedited reviewers or acting as a voting member at a convened committee meeting, IRB members and alternate members receive the following training:

  • Web based training modules for IRB Members available through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). This certification must be renewed every three (3) years.
  • The IRB staff will offer an orientation session for each new member to include instruction on use of the electronic IRB submission system and to educate first-time reviewers on expedited applicability criteria and categories, criteria for IRB approval, and general responsibilities as an expedited reviewer and voting committee member.

UGA IRB staff offer the following continuing education opportunities to current members of the IRB.

  • Ongoing Protocol Specific Training: UGA IRB staff disseminate materials containing ethical and regulatory guidance for the review of protocols involving a specialized area, (i.e., gene therapy or tissue banking) or selected vulnerable subject populations (i.e., prisoners) to each IRB member.
  • IRB Members E-mail Lists: The UGA IRB staff maintains e-mail distribution lists which are used on an ongoing basis to send IRB members a variety of materials such as copies of pertinent articles, regulatory updates, web references to resource materials or government reports, or communication about a specific protocol review. IRB members who do not have e-mail receive paper copies of this material.
  • Presentations: Upon request or as appropriate, UGA IRB staff presents training on selected topics at IRB meetings or IRB in-service programs. UGA IRB staff may invite specialists in a specific area to address the IRB as needed. UGA IRB staff subscribes to and makes available, applicable webinar presentations.  Archived Presentations

Links for resources to supplement IRB Member Training: