Institutional Review Board (IRB)
Guided by the institutional Mission of Iona College and by its Catholic heritage, Iona's Human Subjects Review Board/Institutional Review Board (IRB) is established to assure compliance with applicable laws and regulations and, further, to promote adherence to the highest ethical standards in research on human subjects and human tissue by Iona's faculty, students, and employees. The efforts of the IRB are guided by the pursuit of wisdom, integrity and truth, and the common good.
Out of respect for the dignity of human persons and in pursuit of the goal of education toward ethical decision-making, the IRB seeks to protect the rights, physical and emotional welfare, and privacy of all persons who choose to participate as subjects in research by:
- Requiring all investigators to be educated regarding regulatory and ethical guidelines concerning human research,
- Reviewing all proposed research involving human subjects and human tissue regardless of funding source,
- Approving, disapproving, or requiring modification of such research according to stated criteria, and
- Monitoring approved research to ensure that such protections remain in place throughout the course of the research.