The PNWU Institutional Review Board (IRB)
Purpose of the IRB
The PNWU IRB reviews all human subjects research conducted at or on behalf of the University, to ensure both in advance and by periodic review, that appropriate measures are taken to protect the rights and welfare of all individuals participating as research subjects.
The regulations of Title 45 Section 46 of the Code of Federal Regulations (45 CFR 46), and additional regulations imposed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), define the authority of the PNWU IRB. PNWU holds a Federal Wide Assurance (FWA) with the Department of Health and Human Services which describes the principles and guidelines under which PNWU will conduct research involving human subjects.
The PNWU IRB consists of a minimum of 10 voting members, including at least one scientific member, one member who is considered a non-scientist and one community member who is not otherwise affiliated with PNWU. Members are appointed by the university's Authorized Institutional Official (Vice President of Academic Affairs).