Institutional Review Board

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.

The IRB process applies to all Webster University faculty, staff, and students. Faculty members have a responsibility to inform students of the policies and procedures for obtaining IRB approval. The IRB process must be completed prior to any contact with human subjects.

The IRB follows the definition of a Human Subject as stated by The Department of Health and Human Services noted in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR):

"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." - 45 CFR 46.102 (f)

The IRB process is guided by federal rules and regulations from the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp supported by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The review process is based on the Protection of Human Subject Code of Federal regulations, the Belmont Report and provisions of 45CFR46 requiring institutions receiving federal funds to have all research involving human subjects be approved by the IRB.

Research conducted at international campuses must follow any applicable process within the country. Documentation that international processes have been followed is also submitted to Webster University's IRB.

The purpose of the IRB research review procedure is:

  • To protect the subjects involved in research against foreseeable injury
  • To protect the University, its faculty, staff, and students who conduct research from foreseeable liability
  • To meet Federal regulations regarding University research