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
September 16, 2020October 16, 2020
October 20, 2020November 20, 2020
November 11, 2020December 11, 2020
December 15, 2020January 15, 2021
January 19, 2021February 19, 2021
February 19, 2021March 19, 2021
March 16, 2021April 16, 2021
April 21, 2021May 21, 2021
May 18, 2021June 18, 2021
June 16, 2021July 16, 2021
July 20, 2021August 20, 2021
August 17, 2021September 17, 2021
September 15, 2021October 15, 2021
October 19, 2021November 19, 2021
November 10, 2021December 10, 2021

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
September 7, 2020October 7, 2020
October 4, 2020November 4, 2020
November 2, 2020December 2, 2020
December 6, 2020January 6, 2021
January 4, 2021February 3, 2021
February 3, 2021March 3, 2021
March 7, 2021April 7, 2021
April 5, 2021May 5, 2021
May 2, 2021June 2, 2021
June 7, 2021July 7, 2021
July 6, 2021August 4, 2021
August 8, 2021September 8, 2021
September 6, 2021October 6, 2021
October 3, 2021November 3, 2021
November 8, 2021December 8, 2021

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: