Institutional Review Board

Institutional Review Board

As part of its overall commitment to protecting the privacy, well-being, and other rights of Minnesota citizens, the Minnesota Department of Health has established an Institutional Review Board (IRB), which provides the necessary review and approval process for department-sponsored research.

The Minnesota Department of Health IRB is registered with the federal Office of Human Research Protection. Our registration number is 00000945, and our federal-wide assurance number is 00000072.

This page contains information about:

Plain language and informed consent

Communicating with Participants in Plain Language

Tips on informed consent (

Informed consent checklist (

Informed consent guidance: obtaining and documenting informed consent of subjects who do not speak English (

IRB membership

Types of reviews

Preliminary review

Investigators who believe their study does not meet the federal definition of humans subjects research may request “preliminary review” using an abbreviated version of the full application form. The IRB will review the information provided to ascertain whether your study is human subjects research. If the IRB agrees that your study is not human subjects research, you will receive a formal letter with this determination for your records. If the IRB determines all or part of your study is research with human subjects, the investigator must complete the full application. An application for preliminary review may be e-mailed to the IRB Coordinator at any time. The IRB typically responds with a determination within 2-3 business days.

For information on the other categories of IRB review, select from the links below:


Related information


Related organizations

Contact us

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Updated Monday, 25-Feb-2019 15:24:53 CST