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Georgia Tech holds Federalwide Assurance (FWA) number 00001731.
The three Institutional Review Boards are comprised of academic and general faculty from Georgia Institute of Technology, faculty from other universities, and members of the greater Atlanta community. Dr. Dennis Folds, GTRI, chairs the Central IRB and the Joint Center for Advanced Brain Imaging IRB, a collaboration between Georgia State University and Georgia Institute of Technology. The third IRB is chaired by Professor Emeritus Phil Sparling.
The IRBs are established pursuant to Title 45 Code of Federal Regulation Part 46 including Subparts A, B, C, and D, and Title 21 Code of Federal Regulations Part 56. The IRB members are sufficiently qualified through their experience, expertise and diversity, including consideration of race, gender, and cultural backgrounds and sensitivity to such issues as community attitudes, to promote respect for its advice and counsel in safeguarding the rights and welfare of human subjects. In addition to possessing the professional competence necessary to review specific research activities, the IRBs are able to ascertain the acceptability of proposed research in terms of institutional commitments and regulations, applicable law, and standards of professional conduct and practice. The IRBs therefore include persons knowledgeable in these areas and are authorized to retain consultants when necessary.
The Georgia Institute of Technology Institutional Review Boards hold a Federalwide Assurance (FWA) of Compliance (number 00001731) with the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) in the federal Department of Health & Human Services. A fully executed copy of Georgia Tech’s Assurance is maintained by the Executive Director of the Office of Research Integrity Assurance. The three Georgia Institute of Technology Institutional Review Boards are registered with the Office for Human Research Protections.
Scope of IRB Authority
The Federalwide Assurance and Institutional Review Board Policies and Procedures apply to all Georgia Tech faculty, staff, and students, regardless of whether the research activity is funded. Also included is any research for which an Assurance or another formal agreement (e.g. Inter-Institutional Authorization Agreement) identifies the Georgia Tech Institutional Review Board as the IRB of record. Georgia Institute of Technology Institutional Review Board approval is required in advance for all projects involving human subjects, regardless of whether the project is funded, and regardless of whether it is a subgrant or subcontract to or from another institution.
The President of Georgia Institute of Technology has delegated authority to Jilda D. Garton, Vice President for Research (VPR), as the Institutional Official (IO) for Institutional Review Board purposes. She has the authority to legally commit Georgia Institute of Technology to meet federal regulatory requirements. The VPR/IO is responsible for appointing the Chair(s) of the Institutional Review Boards and board members, and she signs Georgia Institute of Technology’s Federalwide Assurance.
Office of Research Integrity Assurance
The Office of Research Integrity Assurance provides administrative support to the Institutional Review Boards. The Office of Research Integrity Assurance reports to the Vice President for Research/Institutional Official (VPR/IO) and through the VPR/IO to the Office of the Executive Vice Provost for Research, Dr. Stephen E. Cross. While the VPR/IO generally attends meetings of the IRB, it is the responsibility of the Office of Research Integrity Assurance to keep the VPR/IO informed of IRB activities by frequent interaction and consultation and by providing meeting minutes.
The Institute’s Federalwide Assurance and Registration are maintained by the Executive Director of the Office of Research Integrity Assurance, Barbara S. Henry.
In close coordination with the Boards, the Office of Research Integrity Assurance facilitates ethical conduct of research through advance and continuing protocol review; monitoring and reporting; convening regular meetings for review of proposed and continuing research; and providing educational programs for faculty, staff, and students. The Office of Research Integrity Assurance oversees the development and implementation of policies, procedures, and educational programs which satisfy the many regulations governing the conduct of such research.
Associate Director of ORIA Melanie Clark and Research Associate Kelly Winn have primary responsibility for IRB activities.