Office of Research
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Institutional Review Board
The IRB’s authority is empowered by regulatory statutes and institutional
policies. While interpretive differences between these governing principles
may occur, it should be noted that regulations offering the most stringent
guidelines are always followed for the protection of human subjects. These
principles are upheld without regard to whether the research is subject
to federal regulation, with whom the research is conducted, or the source
of support for the research.
Important IRB dates
Meeting Dates: Second Thursday of Every Month
Submission Deadline: Fourteen (14) days prior to the meeting
For questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to contact us at
Investigators engaged in Human Subjects Research
Required Training to Conduct Human Subjects Research
Researches engaged in Human Subjects Research are required to have research
ethics training. This is accomplished by completing ethics modules in
CITI. If you have completed this at a different institution log in to
your account and affiliate Kaweah Delta Health Care District to your completed
training; if you have not follow the steps below.
Step 1: Log into
CITI Training (this links to the CITI website). If you do not have a preexisting account
register for a new account.
Step 2: Affiliate your account to Kaweah Delta Health Care District
Step 3: Add a Course
Step 4: Choose all that apply
Step 5: Select a module which reflects your role
Step 6: Complete the module and submit
The IRB’s foundation and primary charge are supported in the Code
of Federal Regulations. These regulations include, but are not limited
to, the following:
OFFICE FOR HUMAN RESEARCH PROTECTIONS (OHRP)
U.S. FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION(FDA)
21 CFR 50 - Protection of Human Subjects
21 CFR 54 - Financial Disclosure by Clinical Investigators
21 CFR 56 - Institutional Review Boards
21 CFR 312 - Investigational New Drug Application
21CFR 812 - Investigational Device Exemptions
OFFICE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS (OCR), WITHIN HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES (HHS)
IRB Members serve on the Kaweah Delta Health Care District Institutional
Review Board. Members bring the expertise to fulfill mandates set forth
by the federal government through 45 CFR 46.
- Each IRB shall have at least five members, with varying backgrounds to
promote complete and adequate review of research activities commonly conducted
by the institution. The IRB shall be sufficiently qualified through the
experience and expertise of its members, and the diversity of the members,
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 IRB shall be 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 IRB shall therefore include persons knowledgeable in
these areas. If an IRB regularly reviews research that involves a vulnerable
category of subjects, such as children, prisoners, pregnant women, or
handicapped or mentally disabled persons, consideration shall be given
to the inclusion of one or more individuals who are knowledgeable about
and experienced in working with these subjects.
- Every nondiscriminatory effort will be made to ensure that no IRB consists
entirely of men or entirely of women, including the institution's
consideration of qualified persons of both sexes, so long as no selection
is made to the IRB on the basis of gender. No IRB may consist entirely
of members of one profession.
- Each IRB shall include at least one member whose primary concerns are in
scientific areas and at least one member whose primary concerns are in
- Each IRB shall include at least one member who is not otherwise affiliated
with the institution and who is not part of the immediate family of a
person who is affiliated with the institution.
- No IRB may have a member participate in the IRB's initial or continuing
review of any project in which the member has a conflicting interest,
except to provide information requested by the IRB.
Want to be a IRB member?
If you are interested in becoming an IRB Member please download the application,
follow all instructions and return to
IRB Member Application - Click on link to download application
When should I contact the Office of Research?
- You are interested in beginning a research study
- You have questions about a research study already in progress at KDHCD
- You are interested in joining the Institutional Review Board (IRB)
- You want to learn more about the process of research