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Institutional Review Board


The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is committed to protecting the rights and welfare of all individuals who participate as subjects in research.  The School has two on-site Institutional Review Boards (IRB X and IRB FC) and an external IRB (the Western IRB) that reviews certain studies on our behalf. It is the responsibility of faculty and students to ensure that formal IRB approval is obtained before initiating contact with human subjects in any research project.

IRB News

June 2016

Investigators working with JHH affiliates with studies that involve clinical services must be familiar with the PRA (“Prospective Reimbursement Analysis”) and CRMS (“Clinical Research Management System”) processes that help control the billing procedures for those study services.  The SOM Vice Dean for Clinical Investigations has agreed to allow JHSPH investigators to submit these projects through the SOM’s eIRB2 system, which automates the PRA and CRMS processes.  Contact the JHSPH IRB Office if you have any questions.

May 2016

NIH has created a new “human subjects” webpage that links investigators to training and to the Certificates of Confidentiality kiosks.  It also helps investigators prepare their “human subjects” sections of their research proposals.  Check it out!  See: “ 

March 2016

The JHU School of Public Health IRB is posting the PHIRST (Public Health Institutional Review System Tracking) User Guide developed specifically for investigators and study team members using the PHIRST system, our portal for all new human subjects research applications.  This manual includes the following topics to get you started:

1. The PHIRST registration process
2. An overview of the submission and review process
3. Basic methods and terms you need to know to create and submit electronic IRB applications

If you have any questions about the PHIRST User Guide, please contact the PHIRST Help Desk at or call 410-502-5780.

November 2015

Our Quality Improvement Specialist, in conjunction with her School of Medicine counterparts, has posted tools to help you set up your regulatory research binders: Regulatory Binder Tabs for Hard Copy Binders and Regulatory Documents Binder Tab Topics for Electronic Storage.  We hope they will be useful for you.

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