(IRB) Work Request

Submit an Institutional Review Board (IRB) Work Request

If you are an employee, please create a work request to communicate with the office about your request and track your application. Read the steps on the "forms" page and submit your application there.

Important Documents

Important Documents and links about they history of the IRB and related federal policies

Recently adopted revisions to the Common Rule: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and fifteen other Federal Departments and Agencies have issued final revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (the Common Rule). The Final Rule was published in the Federal Register on January 19, 2017 (for implementation on January 19, 2018). More information is available online.

Training Options

Options for the Required Certification for Researchers

The College provides Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program) certification at no cost to students, faculty, and staff as of September, 2021. The login and related materials are available here: https://valenciacollege.edu/employees/organizations-committees/institutional-review-board/citi-access.php  

If you have completed this training, then please submit this certification with your IRB application. The two required CITI courses are: 

Also available for a fee is the Protecting Human Research Participants (PHRP) Online Training which is intended for those involved in research with human subjects.  The new online training is available in both English and Spanish.

Resources for professors

Resources for Faculty Teaching Undergraduate Research

1. Research Ethics Simulation: Interactive Video

2. Code of Ethics: Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)

Resources for professors to use in their courses with students

3. The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) also offers an online free training, without certification, available here with four modules.

4. Video: Innovative community engagement and strategies for protection of subjects

Watch: All of Us Research Project - Innovative Ways for Community Engagement [30:30] 

Dr. Blizinsky, policy director for the All of Us Research Program, delivered a plenary address at the OHRP RCF in Greenville, NC in September 2018, co-sponsored with East Carolina University [in work related to the NIH]. ECU has posted this video of her presentation for public distribution. In her presentation, Dr. Blizinsky discusses the All of Us program's innovative engagement strategies. She also discusses the creation of a data enclave, the data security measures to protect it, and the program's intention to make the data widely available. All of these goals present unique ethical challenges, which Dr. Blizinsky addresses with emphasis on the informed consent process and participants' autonomous decision-making.

5. Video: Safe and effective community-based research

Watch: Conducting Research with Communities in a Smart and Effective Manner [42:44]

Robert Winn, M.D., the Associate Vice Chancellor for Community Based Practice at the University of Illinois, delivered the keynote address at the OHRP RCF in Greenville, NC in September 2018. Dr. Winn's presentation delves into the potential of science to impact the lives of all people in disparate communities. He identifies obstacles to access and delivery of medical treatment and points out environmental factors that influence the health and care requirements of communities to highlight health disparities. He promotes new ideas in community outreach and engagement as a means to begin addressing and improving the access to health care in those communities that historically have been overlooked.