International Research

The Webster University Institutional Review Board (IRB) is responsible for the review of all human subjects' research at the home campus in Webster Groves and all worldwide campuses, United States and international. Thus, Webster University IRB processes and procedures apply to all Webster University faculty, staff, and students, including those at the home campus in Webster Groves, extended US sites, and international campuses.

The Webster University IRB process is guided by federal rules and regulations from the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) supported by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In addition to meeting the requirements for ethical research as put forth by the Webster University IRB, research conducted at international campuses must follow any applicable process specific to the local country. Thus, Webster University faculty, staff, and students who conduct research internationally must follow the federal IRB guidelines, Webster University IRB guidelines, and applicable process within the country.

Faculty, staff, and students conducting research outside of the United States should review the International Compilation of Human Research Standards in order to identify any criteria specific to the site of the project. This document includes a listing of over 1,000 laws, regulations, and guidelines on human subjects protections in over 100 countries and from several international organizations.

Note that because new laws, regulations, and guidelines are issued on a continuing basis, this Compilation is not an exhaustive source of all current applicable laws, regulations, and guidelines relating to international human subject research protections. While reasonable efforts have been made to assure the accuracy and completeness of the information provided, researchers and other individuals should check with local authorities and/or research ethics committees before starting research activities. Therefore, additional time maybe required for the review process.

The Statement of International Research Conduct documenting that international processes have been followed should be submitted to Webster University’s IRB as part of the completed Application for Use of Human Subjects. Faculty members have a responsibility to inform students of the policies and procedures for obtaining IRB approval, including Webster University policy for international research.

Federal regulations require IRB approval for all research involving human subjects before starting any data collection. Thus, the IRB process, including the Statement of International Research Conduct, must be completed prior to any contact with human subjects.