IRB Guidelines & Resources

Several resources are available to anyone conducting or advising research involving human subjects. Prior to conducting research, review the pertinent information below.

Federal Guidelines: Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 45, Part 46, Protection of Human Subjects


  • Protecting Human Subjects Video Series. Produced by Office for Human Research Protections, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
    • Evolving Concern: Protection for Human Subjects. Traces the development of the protections for human subjects leading to the IRBs of today. 23 min.
    • The Belmont Report: Basic Ethical Principles and Their Application. Examines the bases for fundamental ethical principles: respect of persons, beneficence, and justice. 34 min.
    • Balancing Society’s Mandates: Criteria for Protocol Review. Depicts an IRB in action with comments by ethicist Dr. Edmund Pellegrino. 38 min.