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
October 16, 2018November 16, 2018
November 16, 2018December 13, 2018
December 18, 2018January 18, 2019
January 15, 2019February 15, 2019
February 22, 2019March 22, 2019
March 19, 2019April 19, 2019
April 17, 2019May 17, 2019
May 21, 2019June 21, 2019
June 19, 2019July 19, 2019
July 16, 2019August 16, 2019
August 20, 2019September 20, 2019
September 18, 2019October 18, 2019
October 15, 2019November 15, 2019
November 11, 2019December 11, 2019

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.

Submission Date for Full Committee ReviewMeeting Date
October 7, 2018November 7, 2018
November 5, 2018December 5, 2018
December 9, 2018January 9, 2019
January 6, 2019February 6, 2019
February 6, 2019March 6, 2019
March 3, 2019April 3, 2019
April 1, 2019May 1, 2019
May 5, 2019June 5, 2019
June 3, 2019July 3, 2019
July 7, 2019August 7, 2019
August 4, 2019September 4, 2019
September 2, 2019October 2, 2019
October 6, 2019November 6, 2019
November 4, 2019December 4, 2019

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: