The IRB does not provide verbal approval, (e.g. over the phone or during an in-person conversation). Any new study or modifications to an existing study that you wish to implement must be submitted to the IRB office as a paper copy. After being reviewed, a formal signed IRB approval letter will be sent to the Principal Investigator via interoffice mail. A formal IRB approval letter must be obtained before beginning any new research activity. Investigators may not initiate changes to the approved research without IRB review and approval, except where necessary to eliminate apparent immediate hazards to human subjects (45 CFR 46.103(b)(4)).
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.