Date Updated
Friday, February 26, 2016

Approved by:  Human Protections Administrator, Director of OPRS, and Executive IRB Chair
AAHRPP Elements: I.1.F., II.1.E., II.2.D, II.2.E., II.3.A, III.1.C, III.1.D.


  1. UIC policy requires that research involving humans undergo review by individuals with relevant scientific or scholarly expertise. Review by individuals with the knowledge to evaluate the rationale, aims, experimental design and methods of the research may occur at several steps in the HSPP review process depending on the research area and level of review, including Department Heads, Cancer Center Protocol Review Committee (CC-PRC), Clinical Research Center (CRC), Institutional Biosafety Committee, Radiation Safety Committee, Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee, and Chicago Area Patient Centered Outcomes Research Network (CAPriCORN) Steering Committee and Patient-Clinician Advisory Committee (PCAC). Research submitted to the IRB also frequently receives scientific review from external sources, for example NIH study sections and private foundation or professional association review panels. These reviews are considered by the IRB in its scientific evaluation and in making the determination of whether the following regulatory criteria for approval are met:
    1. Risks to participants are minimized by using procedures consistent with sound research design and which do not unnecessarily expose participants to risk.
    2. Risks to participants are reasonable in relation to anticipated benefits, if any, to participants, and the importance of the knowledge that may reasonably be expected to result.
  2. UIC policy does not allow the IRB to delegate its responsibility to judge whether the above criteria for approval are met.