Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Human Subjects (IRB)

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is charged with ensuring that research involving human subjects is conducted in a manner that is in compliance with federal, state, and local regulations. Any human subject research conducted at TAMUK must be reviewed and approved prior to initiation. Research and human subject are defined as follows:

Research means a systematic investigation, including research development, testing and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge. Activities which meet this definition constitute research for purposes of this policy, whether or not they are conducted or supported under a program which is considered research for other purposes. For example, some demonstration and service programs may include research activities. (Code of Federal Regulations Title 45 Part 46.102 (d))

Human subject means a living individual about whom an investigator (whether professional or student) conducting research obtains (1) Data through intervention or interaction with the individual, or (2) Identifiable private information. (Code of Federal Regulations Title 45 Part 46.102 (f))


IRB Form

IRB Statement 


Registration #:  IRB00001644

IRB Tips

Sample Consent Form:

TAMUK IRB Policies and Procedures

System Regulation 15.99.01: Use of Human Participants in Research

Code of Federal Regulations Title 45 Part 46

Human Subject Regulations Decision Charts

Belmont Report

Office for Human Research Protections

TAMU Consent Form


Training in the use of human subjects in research is available through Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI).

Registration is free, and the following learner groups are available:
  • Biomedical Research Investigators
  • Social & Behavioral Research Investigators
  • IRB Members
  • Students Conducting No More than Minimal Risk Research

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs also puts on a one-hour general IRB Workshop every fall and spring semester. Please feel free to contact the office at (361) 593-3344 to see when the next workshop will be.

This page was last updated on: June 05, 2013