Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Important Information

New IRB regulatory requirements will become effective on January 21, 2019.  Please note the following deadlines:

  • Pending Submissions: All pending IRB submissions will need to receive final IRB approval by January 16, 2019.
  • New Submissions: There will be a freeze on all new IRB protocol submissions until January 20, 2019.

Please visit the following web page for more information on the deadlines and upcoming changes:

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee established under federal regulations for the protection of human subjects in research (45 CFR 46). Its purpose is to help protect the rights and welfare of human participants in research. FIU faculty, staff, and students are required to obtain IRB approval prior to conducting research with human subjects. This applies to both on-campus and off-campus research, regardless of funding.

This site contains the necessary tools and information to assist investigators during the IRB protocol submission and review process. You can find them on the left navigation menu including Obtaining IRB Approval, which provides step by step instructions on preparing your submission; Policies & Procedures,  which contains helpful resources on conducting research with humans subjects, and IRB FAQs, which contains answers to commonly asked questions.

Need Assistance?

The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) is responsible for the ethical and regulatory oversight of research at Florida International University that involves human subjects. ORI supports and oversees the work of the Institutional Review Boards (IRBs).

If you have any questions regarding the IRB, please contact the IRB Coordinator Maria Melendez-Vargas, MIBA in the Office of Research Integrity. She can also be reached at: (305) 348-8311.

The SB-IRB Chair is Dr. Mary Jo Trepka and can be reached at (305) 348-7186.

The HS-IRB Chair is Dr. Michelle Hospital and can be reached at (305) 348-4867.

Visit the IRB Membership Rosters web page for a full listing of the board members and their contact information.