An IRB Training Manual is now available in PDF format for reference and download. The manual includes answers to frequently asked questions, guidelines for selecting the appropriate level of review, a step-by-step walkthrough of the application and approval process, and explicit instructions on obtaining informed consent. Also included in the manual are links to all IRB forms and the UTC IRB Policy. Please click here to download the manual.
UTC Institutional Review Board
For the Protection of Human Research Subjects
The UTC Institutional Review Board (IRB) is guided by the ethical principles regarding all research involving humans as subjects. The mission of the IRB is to ensure that vital research of the University can be conducted in full compliance with both the letter and the spirit of regulations designed to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects. The IRB also monitors research to ensure that human subjects are protected from undue risk and from deprivation of personal rights and dignity. This protection is assured by consideration of three principles that are the basis of ethical research:
- Voluntary participation by the subjects, indicated by free and informed consent, is assured.
- An appropriate balance exists between potential benefits of the research to the subject or to society and the risks assumed by the subject.
- There be fair procedures and outcomes in the selection of research subjects.
In accordance with the Multiple Project Assurance on file with the Department of Health and Human Services, the Institutional Review Board at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga must review and approve all research involving human subjects. The Federal wide Assurance id is FWA00004149.
For additional information such as submission procedures, review status, and other general inquiries contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The Director of IRB is Lindsay Pardue and the IRB Committee Chair is Dr. Bart Weathington. If you have been assigned an IRB number, please use it on all correspondence.
For information about IRB approval involving animals, please see http://www.utc.edu/iacuc.