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About the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for Human Participants

All research that involves human participants must be either exempted from review or approved by Cornell's Institutional Review Board (IRB) before it can be initiated. Learn More

New Guidance on Parental Consent

When a child is asked to take part in research, a two-step consent process is usually needed: parent/guardian consent and child assent. In limited circumstances, the IRB allows passive (opt-out) parental consent, wherein they are informed about but only need to respond if they do not want their child to participate in the research. The IRB has developed guidance for determining whether opt-out consent may be appropriate, which includes an example of the type of information document that should be sent home in these circumstances.

Policy Changes Affecting NIH Studies

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) made a number of recent policy changes that greatly impact NIH-funded research involving human participants. One key policy change is a requirement to use a Single IRB (sIRB) for all domestic, multi-site studies where the same protocol is conducted in multiple locations. At this time the Cornell IRB cannot serve as the sIRB. If you are planning an NIH proposal impacted by the sIRB policy, please contact Guilaine Senecal at 255-8994. Learn About Key NIH Policy Changes

Delay in the Effective Date for Revisions to the Common Rule

A new version of the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Participants in Research (the "Revised Common Rule") was scheduled to go into effect on January 19, 2018. On January 17, a delay in the effective date for the Revised Common Rule was announced (Click here for the full text of the Notice in the Federal Register). Learn More

News from the IRB

  • Read the April 2018 newsletter now
  • New Video Resource from the Cornell IRB Office: Informed Consent 101


IRB Office Hours (New times!)

IRB Protocol Tools

Biomedical Templates

Message to Researchers about New NIH Policies (March 20, 2018)

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Contact Information

Janet Jayne
IRB Administrator
t. 607-255-5138

Vanessa McCaffery
Compliance Administrator
t. 607-254-5162

Guilaine Senecal
Assistant Director, ORIA
t. 607-255-8994

East Hill Office Building
395 Pine Tree Road, Suite 320
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14850

f. 607-255-0758