Health Sciences IRB
The IRB Office is fully operational and accepting all submissions through eIRB. Please refer to the Human Subjects Research COVID-19 Guidance below for up-to-date announcements on the halt of certain face-to-face research activities. All online and remote research activities may continue.
Human Subjects Research COVID-19 Guidance
Last Updated March 19, 2020
Given the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic and our shared goal to reduce the risk of infection within our community, Susan Blanchard and Heather Gipson-Cosier, JD, the Institutional Officials at Tufts Medical Center and Tufts University, have determined that most research activities involving face-to-face interactions with subjects must stop until further notice. The only exceptions are for studies where there is the potential for direct benefit for the participant, if canceling or postponing the activities would increase the risk to the subject’s safety or well-being, emergency use/compassionate use and Humanitarian Use Devices (HUDs). This is in keeping with the need to minimize social contact.
From a regulatory perspective, this is considered a temporary pause in human subjects research activities for those studies impacted.
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.
Scope & Authority
- Tufts Medical Center
- Floating Hospital for Children
- New England Eye Center
- Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM)
- Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM)
- Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
- Jean Mayer U.S. Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University (HNRCA)
- Friedman School of Nutrition
The Tufts Medical Center and TUHS IRB is divided into two IRBs, IRB-Red and IRB-Blue. Each IRB meets once a month. Each IRB is constituted and equipped to review any type of research study involving human subjects.
Faculty, Staff and Students
The IRB office is available to faculty, staff, and students conducting human subjects research at Tufts Medical Center and Tufts University as a resource to provide guidance and assistance with protocol and informed consent form (ICF) development, research education and training, and information and direction on federal research-related regulations and guidance, state laws, and institutional policies.
The IRB office is available to assist investigators with the monitoring of research, preparation for site visits (for example, sponsor or FDA inspections), and to orient new researchers to human subject protection matters.
The IRB office staff is also available to help provide orientation to new study coordinators, and to provide ongoing guidance to study coordinators.