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 20, 2022January 20, 2023 - CANCELLED
January 17, 2023February 17, 2023
February 17, 2023March 17, 2023
March 14, 2023April 14, 2023
April 19, 2023May 19, 2023
May 16, 2023June 16, 2023
June 14, 2023July 14, 2023
July 18, 2023August 18, 2023
August 22, 2023September 22, 2023
September 20, 2023October 20, 2023
October 17, 2023November 17, 2023
November 1, 2023December 1, 2023

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
November 7, 2022December 7, 2022 - CANCELLED
December 9, 2022January 9, 2023
January 6, 2023February 6, 2023 - CANCELLED
February 13, 2023March 13, 2023
March 3, 2023April 3, 2023
April 1, 2023May 1, 2023
May 5, 2023June 5, 2023
June 10, 2023July 10, 2023
July 7, 2023August 7, 2023
August 11, 2023September 11, 2023
September 2, 2023October 2, 2023
October 6, 2023November 6, 2023
November 4, 2023December 4, 2023

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: