What is the ACHS Institutional Review Board (IRB)?

The ACHS IRB reviews student research projects for human subject safety. ACHS students complete a capstone project - as part of many regular academic programs that may include proposed research activity with human subjects.  https://www.achs.edu/achs-institutional-review-board

What is the job of an IRB?

In compliance with the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 45, Part 46 and under the guidelines of “The Belmont Report”, ACHS has established an Institutional Review Board (IRB) to make sure that student studies follow human subject safety guidelines, if they do a research project that includes people or information about people.


“Research means a systematic investigation, including research development, testing, and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge. Activities that meet this definition constitute research for purposes of this policy, whether or not they are conducted or supported under a program which is considered research for other purposes. For example, some demonstration and service programs may include research activities.  Title 45, Part 46 (part A)


Human subject means a living individual about whom an investigator (whether professional or student) conducting research obtains

Data through intervention or interaction with the individual, or
(2) Identifiable private information.”


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. "Code of Federal Regulations - Title 45 Public Welfare CFR 46" Retreived 1-12-17

Where do I find more information about Human Subject Safety? 

US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Human Research Protections: https://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/