Approved by: Human Protections Administrator, Director of OPRS, and Executive IRB Chair
AAHRPP REF#: 156
AAHRPP Elements: II.3.C, III.1.E.
Regardless of the funding source, the appropriate UIC IRB must determine that the selection of subjects is equitable. The IRB must evaluate whether the research, including both the selection (inclusion and exclusion criteria) and the proposed recruitment plan in the protocol, impose fair and equitable burdens and benefits to the participants.
PIs must submit the materials, or answer the questions in sufficient detail, as requested in the appropriate application form for the IRB to make determinations as to whether the selection of subjects is equitable.
The IRB reviews whether the selection of subjects is equitable based on the materials submitted by the PI in the appropriate application form and through the use of the appropriate appendices. The IRB includes the following criteria in its evaluation:
The purposes of the research;
The setting in which the research would be conducted;
Whether the prospective participants would be vulnerable to coercion or undue influence;
The selection (inclusion/exclusion) criteria;
Participant recruitment and enrollment procedures;
The amount and timing of payment to participants; and
The influence of payments to participants.
VA Research. The Collaborative IRB will not allow non-veterans to be enrolled in JBVAMC research studies unless:
the research is relevant to the care of veterans or active duty military personnel, and
there are insufficient veterans available to complete the study or researcher has made a compelling argument for the inclusion of non-veterans (e.g., survey of VA employees, study of active duty military, study involving veterans' family members).
Selection of participants within any one organization must be equitable