Boston College Institutional Review Board
The Boston College Institutional Review Board's (IRB) mission is to protect the rights and welfare of people who take part in research at Boston College. Federal regulations and University Policy require prospective review and approval of all human subject research conducted by faculty, staff, or students. As with Boston College's Jesuit tradition of excellence, service and beneficence, the goal of the IRB is to ensure the safe and ethical treatment of research participants.
How do I get help and information on the status of my application?
Call the Office for Research Protections (ORP). ORP staff will help you navigate your way through the IRB process.
Office for Research Protections (ORP)
Waul House, 3rd Floor
IRB Analyst - Meghan Zugibe:
Graduate Assistant - Mikayla Wynter:
NEWS & INFORMATION
ONLINE SUBMISSION SYSTEM
As of July 1, 2015, the BC IRB protocol submission process has changed. Investigators should submit initial protocols and complete amendments and continuing review applications online through CyberIRB.
CyberIRB can be accessed by navigating to https://cyberirb.us/bc
Users will be directed to type in their BC username and BC password as they would for Agora. CyberIRB training videos can be accessed in the upper right hand corner.
A user manual with FAQs is being developed. Information on phone support is forthcoming. There will be two live webinar's in September that will offer training on CyberIRB. Posters announcing this change will be placed around campus.
More information to follow.
BC IRB MOVES TO ONLINE SUBMISSION SYSTEM IN 2015!
The BC IRB protocol submission process will change in 2015. An announcement will be made to signal the exact date that PIs should begin to use the new system, called Cyber IRB.
Once the new system is up and running IRB applications should only be submitted online through CyberIRB from that point forward.
There will be two live webinar's that will offer training on CyberIRB. A previously recorded CyberIRB training video can be viewed here.
INSTRUCTIONS are forthcoming. Investigators are encouraged to bookmark the below link.
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Online Ethics Training Courses:
Instructions for CITI:
Refresher course: Log-in. Add a course. Social and Behavioral Research Investigators. Refresher course.
Instructions for NIH:
Readability of Consent Forms. It is the researcher’s responsibility to ensure that consent documents are understandable to the participants. To facilitate this, the protocol application forms have been amended to include a section in which the researcher will indicate how the readability level of the consent form has been verified. In addition, a document can be found on our Sample Forms page that provides researchers with guidance on how to reduce the readability/comprehension level of consent documents.
Please remember to submit training certificates for all research staff with your application. Please note that the only training certificates that are accepted from the CITI program are the Biomedical or Social/Behavioral CITI modules.
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* Only greater than minimal risk research is reviewed at a convened meeting.