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.
- MDH policies and procedures governing research involving human subjects (PDF)
Includes policies and procedures revised September 2010, plus appendices.
- How to submit a protocol for review by the MDH Institutional Review Board
This page contains information about:
- Plain language and informed consent
- IRB membership
- Types of reviews
- Related information
- Related organizations
- Contact us
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:
- Application for preliminary review (Word)
- Application for approval of research with human subjects (Word)
- Alternate language information - Minnesota Department of Administration
- Belmont Report: Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research
- Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 45: Public Welfare, Part 46: Protection of Human Subjects
- CDC: Distinguishing Public Health Research and Public Health Non-research (PDF)
- Human subject regulations decision charts
- Relevant provisions of the Data Practices Act (PDF)
- Tennessen warning
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Federal Drug Administration (FDA)
- Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP)
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