New research team members cannot participate in research activity until you receive a formal acknowledgment from the IRB office. To add a new research team member, you can submit a cover letter using the template located on the IRB Website. A research team member is defined as a person who has direct contact with subjects, contributes to the research in a substantive way, has contact with subjects’ identifiable data or biological samples (such as tissue, blood, urine, plasma, saliva), or uses subjects’ personal information.
The Tufts Health Sciences Institutional Review Board (HS IRB) is federally mandated to review, monitor and approve biomedical and social, behavioral, and educational research. Our goal is to ensure that any research study under Tufts IRB jurisdiction is in compliance with federal, state, and institutional regulations. The Tufts Health Sciences IRB upholds the highest standards, ensuring compliance with ethical principles and regulatory requirements, while serving the Tufts community of scholars and administering a thorough review in a timely and efficient manner.