Institutional Review Board

The purpose of the RTC Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to review all proposed research involving human participants to ensure their rights and welfare are protected and that participants are treated ethically. RTC takes seriously the responsibility of safeguarding individuals who may participate in research projects and strives to act in compliance with federal guidelines for research involving human participants as established by the Department of Health and Human Services.

A research proposal must be reviewed and approved by the IRB prior to beginning any participant solicitation or data collection. 

Training Options

Prior to submitting a human participants research application for review, researchers mush complete an online training on the IRB process and importance of protecting the rights of human participants.  Certificate of completion or description of training completed must be included with the application packet.  Some free trainings include:

The National Institute of Health Office of Extramural Research’s Protecting Human Research Participant modules


“When PI’s Come A-Knockin’: Everything Investigators Want to Know but are Afraid to Ask” (you may start at 6:00 minutes into this video)


The Office for Human Research Protections webinars on the following topics: Overview of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking; Exclusions and Exemptions; Informed Consent; IRB Review and Operations; and Secondary Research Use of Data

Please check with the IRB staff for pre-approval of other training options.

Useful Resources