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Adventist HealthCare Institutional Review Board

The Adventist HealthCare Institutional Review Board (AHC IRB) is responsible for protecting the rights and welfare of human subjects participating in research at Adventist HealthCare and ensuring that human subjects research is conducted in accordance with all AHC policies and applicable regulations and laws. Please see the Statement of Compliance for more information.

Adventist HealthCare holds a federal-wide assurance (FWA00000969 expiring on August 22, 2023) and complies with the registration requirements for both OHRP and the FDA. The Adventist HealthCare IRB registration number is IRB00001655.

Is Your Project Research?

1. Does your project involve people or PHI?

  • A living individual about whom an investigator obtains
  • Information or biospecimens through intervention or interaction with the individual and uses, studies,
    or analyzes the information or biospecimens OR
  • Obtains, uses, studies, analyzes, or generates identifiable private information
    or identifiable biospecimens
2. Does your project have a systematic framework?
  • A systematic investigation, including research development, testing and evaluation
3. Will your project results be used outside of AHC?
  • Designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge

If you answered "Yes" to these 3 questions, your project requires Adventist HealthCare Institutional Review Board (AHC IRB) review. The AHC IRB is charged with protecting the rights and welfare of human subjects recruited to participate in research activities at AHC facilities.

AHC requires that all research studies involving humans as subjects, human biological material or identifiable protected health information be reviewed and approved by the IRB prior to initiation of any research-related activities, including recruitment and screening activities.

The IRB is responsible for ensuring that the rights and welfare of research subjects are protected by reviewing and approving human research in a manner consistent with federal regulations, state and local laws, and institutional guidelines and policies

Please contact the IRB Office at (301) 315-3400 or IRB@AdventistHealthCare.com for next steps.

Pre-IRB Review: Research Operations Evaluation Requirement

All research studies must undergo a Research Operations Evaluation (ROE) by Entity Leadership of each AHC study site prior to IRB review. The purpose of the ROE is to determine whether the AHC entity can operationally and economically support the research study. The AHC IRB will require written acknowledgement of ROE approval in order to begin the IRB review process.

Research Feasibility Checklist and Decision Form