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About the Allen College Institutional Review Board

The Allen College Institutional Review Board (ACIRB) is a committee whose primary responsibility is to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects and to function as a kind of ethics committee focusing on what is right or wrong and on what is desirable or undesirable. Although the ACIRB is not yet federally registered, we are actively working to ward achieving compliance so that we are eligible to register with the federal government. Such registration will confirm that we meet or exceed all federal requirements for registered IRBs. This will allow us to accept federally funded projects for review.

ACIRB Mission and Values

The ACIRB’s mission is that we strive to prepare competent healthcare professionals to conduct research, evidence based practice projects, and quality improvement projects that meet or exceed the ethical principles presented in the Belmont Report (e.g., Respect for Persons, Beneficence, and Justice), on which federal IRB guidelines are based, and to scrupulously protect the rights and welfare of subjects involved in projects and studies.

The ACIRB’s values are as follows:

  • Caring – We focus on the three ethical principles in the Belmont report when reviewing projects and studies in order to verify that vulnerable populations, level of risk, and privacy/confidentiality issues are clearly addressed.
  • Community – We address issues of Respect for Persons, Justice, and Beneficence when reviewing proposals, and include a community view in the process.
  • Integrity – We scrupulously adhere to ethical and professional values and behaviors, and we strive to ensure adherence to federal, state, UnityPoint Health system, and Allen College policies and regulations pertaining to the protection of human subjects in any type of project or study involving human subjects.
  • Learning – We provide uniform and non-contradictory assistance and support to faculty, staff, students, and external principle investigators, and provide information on where to obtain necessary and optional training related to human subjects protection training .
  • Quality – We strive to review all projects and studies in a consistent and high-quality way, and to adhere to ethical and professional values as we do so. We will also strive to maintain reasonable and responsible time-frames for reviews, and collaborate with faculty, staff, students, administration, and external figures to address issues with a project or proposal, with the goal of reaching a point where it can be approved.

ACIRB Services

Currently, because we are not yet federally registered, our services are limited. However, we do offer the following services at this time:

Required Training on Human Subjects Protection:

All investigators and key personnel involved in projects or studies are required to complete approved training in human subjects protections. The ACIRB accepts training from CITI’s (through UNI) biomedical investigator course and from NIH’s human subjects protections course. Evidence of completion of other programs of training on human subjects protections will be considered on an individual basis by the ACIRB.

Once training has been completed and the proof of training is submitted to the ACIRB, that documentation will be maintained for a period of five years from the date of completion (not the date of submission). After the five years has passed, training must be updated by taking an approved training course and submitting proof of training to the ACIRB.

Guidance on Completing and Submitting a Protocol for ACIRB Review:

We can assist you in what you need to do to request ACIRB review for your project. If you are a student at Allen College, please start your proposal process by contacting your faculty project advisor or professor, as their role is vital for you to develop an excellent proposal. Your faculty advisor and the ACIRB can assist you in what to do to submit your proposal fro review.

Research Ethics:

The ACIRB is responsible for examining and monitoring ethical principles in any protocol submitted for review. ACIRB members are able to provide information on human subjects protection, intellectual property, and other ethical questions related to research or projects.

Research Compliance

The ACIRB oversees human participants, responsible conduct of research/projects, misconduct, and conflict of interest. The purpose of overseeing compliance is to ensure that all research and projects reviewed by the ACIRB are conducted with integrity and are in compliance with Allen College, local, state, federal, and funding agency regulations for research. All investigators who plan to conduct research or projects that involve human participants, including faculty, staff, and student investigators, must obtain approval from the ACIRB prior to initiating any work on their projects, regardless of whether or not external funding is obtained.

How to contact the ACIRB

Please contact the ACIRB via email: