Special Research | Human Subjects —Certification
Human Subjects Certification
At St. Mary’s University, all research involving human participants must be approved by the university’s Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects (IRB -- HS). The research proposal submission process requires that all researchers involved in the conduct of the research must provide a certification that they have taken the required training. The university currently accepts certifications provided by the National Institutes of Health online training course Protecting Human Research Participants. Researchers must submit copies of all 4 completed modules with the research proposal. Some exempt research may not require certification. Check with the Area Representative or the Chair of IRB-HS prior to requesting exempt status for your research. Researchers who have obtained training certifications at other institutions may present their credentials and request a waiver to the Chair of the IRB-HS. Certifications older than 3 years will not be accepted.
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