Subpart E — Registration of Institutional Review Boards
§46.501 What IRBs must be registered?
§46.502 What information must be provided when registering an IRB?
§46.503 When must an IRB be registered?
§46.504 How must an IRB be registered?
§46.505 When must IRB registration information be renewed or updated?
Source: 74 FR 2399, January 15, 2009, unless otherwise noted.
Each IRB that is designated by an institution under an assurance of compliance approved for federalwide use by the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) under §46.103(a) and that reviews research involving human subjects conducted or supported by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) must be registered with HHS. An individual authorized to act on behalf of the institution or organization operating the IRB must submit the registration information.
The following information must be provided to HHS when registering an IRB:
(a) The name, mailing address, and street address (if different from the mailing address) of the institution or organization operating the IRB(s); and the name, mailing address, phone number, facsimile number, and electronic mail address of the senior officer or head official of that institution or organization who is responsible for overseeing activities performed by the IRB.
(b) The name, mailing address, phone number, facsimile number, and electronic mail address of the contact person providing the registration information.
(c) The name, if any, assigned to the IRB by the institution or organization, and the IRB's mailing address, street address (if different from the mailing address), phone number, facsimile number, and electronic mail address.
(d) The name, phone number, and electronic mail address of the IRB chairperson.
(e)(1) The approximate numbers of:
(i) All active protocols; and
(ii) Active protocols conducted or supported by HHS.
(2) For purpose of this regulation, an ``active protocol'' is any protocol for which the IRB conducted an initial review or a continuing review at a convened meeting or under an expedited review procedure during the preceding twelve months.
(f) The approximate number of full-time equivalent positions devoted to the IRB's administrative activities.
An IRB must be registered before it can be designated under an assurance approved for federalwide use by OHRP under §46.103(a).
IRB registration becomes effective when reviewed and accepted by OHRP.
The registration will be effective for 3 years.
Each IRB must be registered electronically through http://ohrp.cit.nih.gov/efile unless an institution or organization lacks the ability to register its IRB(s) electronically. If an institution or organization lacks the ability to register an IRB electronically, it must send its IRB registration information in writing to OHRP.
(a) Each IRB must renew its registration every 3 years.
(b) The registration information for an IRB must be updated within 90 days after changes occur regarding the contact person who provided the IRB registration information or the IRB chairperson. The updated registration information must be submitted in accordance with §46.504.
(c) Any renewal or update that is submitted to, and accepted by, OHRP begins a new 3-year effective period.
(d) An institution's or organization's decision to disband a registered IRB which it is operating also must be reported to OHRP in writing within 30 days after permanent cessation of the IRB's review of HHS-conducted or -supported research.
Content last reviewed on March 14, 2021