Division of Research
Institutional Review Board (IRB)

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.


Online Paperless IRB Protocol Submission Process (Effective 01/02/13)

  • A new TOPAZ Electronic Protocol Application System is being deployed, which will allow investigators to submit their protocols electronically online. More information is available on the TOPAZ System web page.

New Principal Investigator Requirements (Effective 01/02/13)

  • Students will no longer be permitted to serve as Principal Investigators on IRB protocol submissions. For all new protocols and/or renewals, student researchers will need to be listed as Co-Investigators or Key Personnel.

New IRB Online Training Requirements (Effective 01/02/13)

  • The NIH PHRP IRB Training Course certificates will no longer be accepted by the FIU IRB. The new required course is the CITI IRB Training Course, which is more thorough and comprehensive. More information is available on the IRB Training Requirements web page.

New Informed Consent Requirements (Effective 01/02/13)

  • Researchers will be required to use the FIU Informed Consent Templates when developing their consent documents. More information is available on the Informed Consent Information web page.

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 located in MARC 270. 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. Adriana Campa and can be reached at: (305) 348-2871.

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