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Tip of the Month

The Tufts Health Sciences IRB asks that research teams make every effort to write informed consent forms (ICFs) at an 8th grade reading level. Use the Flesch-Kincaid (FK) grade level readability test in Microsoft Word’s Spelling and Grammar check. The IRB understands that sometimes you need to use complicated medical terms, but these should be defined/explained using simple language. The Tufts Health Sciences IRB Office Staff can help you if you are having problems trying to keep ICF language at a low reading level.

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To drop off submissions please send documents through interdepartmental mail, box# 817 or bring to our office: Tupper Building, 1st Floor, 15 Kneeland St.

IRB Office Staff

External Mailing Address:
Tufts Health Sciences IRB
800 Washington Street, Box 817
Boston, MA 02111

Internal Mailing Address:
Institutional Review Board
Tufts MC Box 817
Boston, MA 02111

Physical Address:
15 Kneeland Street (Tupper Building), 1st floor

IRB Main Office Number:
(617) 636-7512


AAHRPP Accreditation BadgeThe 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.

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