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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.

Join us on Friday, October 19 for our annual Research Conference

If you are a researcher, research compliance professional or simply interested in learning about this valuable component of our healthcare system, please register for the annual Adventist HealthCare Research Conference on Friday, Oct. 19, from 8 a.m. 1 p.m. in the Sycamore/Birch Conference Rooms at Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center.

Discussion topics will include common US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) audit findings, prevention guidelines, and research site best practices. We are also very excited to have Sarah Gray, TED Speaker and Author of A Life Everlasting: The Extraordinary Story of One Boy's Gift to Medical Science, speak about the donation of her newborn sons organs to advance medical research.

Seating is limited. Please register early at AdventistHealthCare.com/ResearchConference or by calling 301-315-3400. The registration deadline is Oct. 1.


Is Your Project Research?

1. Does your project involve people or Protected Health Information (PHI)?
2. Does your project have a systematic framework?
3. Will your project results be used outside of Adventist HealthCare?

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