Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Human Subjects

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: 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: 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))

Forms:

Compliance forms may all be found on the ORSP Forms Page, under the Compliance tab.

IRB: Helpful Hints

Registration#: IRB00001644

  1. Please complete ALL contact information
    1. i.e. phone number (best contact number), email address, etc…
  2. Ensure that IRB application is free of grammatical errors
    1. i.e. punctuation, spacing, tense usage, etc...
  3. Must have the below IRB Statement at the bottom of survey/interview questions and consent form:
    THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN REVIEWED AND APPROVED BY THE TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY-KINGSVILLE INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD FOR THE PROTECTION OF HUMAN SUBJECTS.
    IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS
    THOSE QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND SPONSORED PROGRAMS.
    Phone: (361) 593-3344, Office of Research & Sponsored Programs
  4. Please make sure that you clearly and completely answer all questions in the application. The reviewer is not responsible for making assumptions on your project.
    1. Question #7, if not considered for expedited review, make sure to explain why using IRB guidelines.
  5. Please complete ALL information required on # 5 a-d if submitting for a Grant.
  6. Needed signatures:
    1. For exempt/expedited review: PI and Faculty Sponsor only
    2. For full board IRB review: PI, Faculty, Sponsor, Chair of Department and Dean of College
  7. Provide ALL attachments
    1. i.e. consent forms, surveys, letters of acknowledgement etc…
    2. refer to #4 as well for IRB Statement
  8. Once IRB application has been accepted and assigned an ORSP tracking number, PLEASE MAKE SURE TO REFERENCE THAT NUMBER IN ALL IRB CORRESPONDENCE WITH RESEARCH COMPLIANCE LIASION.
  9. Send ALL COMPLETE AND SIGNED IRB’s to Research Compliance Liaison
    1. Email address: kucyg001@tamuk.edu
  10. Complete CITI Training pertaining to your area(s) of research.

Training:

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 25, 2014