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Institutional Review Board

New England Baptist Hospital (NEBH) is committed to the treatment of all research participants in a manner where their safety, dignity, confidentiality, and right to be fully informed is protected. To ensure this, the Division of Research supports and guides investigators in the research process.

What is an Institutional Review Board (IRB)?
An Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a group of people formally designated to review and monitor research involving human subjects. The purpose of the IRB is to protect the rights and welfare of individuals who are participating as subjects in the research. The IRB has the authority to approve, disapprove, and require modifications to research projects involving human subjects. Once approved, the IRB must monitor the progress of the ongoing research, prospectively approve modifications, and, if necessary to protect subjects, suspend a research project.

How often does the IRB meet?
The IRB meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 am.

When is the deadline for IRB submissions?
7 business days prior to the IRB meetings at 3:00 pm

What is the turnaround time for IRB review and approval?
Turnaround time depends on a number of factors, including, but not limited to: completeness of submission, meeting dates, type of review and the investigator’s responsiveness to an IRB request. 

Full Board reviews are placed on the next available agenda. Notification of the outcome of the review occurs approximately 7 business days after the date of the meeting.

Expedited/Exemption reviews occur approximately 5 business days after submission to the IRB.

What is: a) Exempt Determination; b) Full Board Review; c) Expedited Review?

a)            Exemption means that the project is not subject to the requirements of the federal regulations (45 CFR 46). A protocol may be determined to be exempt from IRB review if all procedures fall into one or more of 6 specific categories of research described in 45 CRF 46.10(b).  A designated IRB reviewer makes this decision.

b)            Expedited review means that the convened IRB need not review the proposed research. Expedited review is appropriate for a protocol that presents not more than minimal risk to subjects. The IRB Chair or designated reviewer makes this decision.

c)            Full Board review is required for all protocols that are not eligible for exemption or expedited review.

How do I submit a study to the IRB?
Electronically, via www.irbnet.org – Contact the IRB office for further instruction.

NEBH maintains and supports the Institutional Review Board (IRB) utilizing the industry leading IRBNet suite of tools, bringing electronic on-line IRB submissions to the NEBH research community.

Some helpful tips may be found here:          


New England Baptist Hospital IRB Office

Division of Research
125 Parker Hill Ave 
Main Building, 1st Floor
Boston, MA 02120

Steven Wetzner, MD

Institutional Official
Scott Tromanhauser, MD

Betsy Draper

Tuesday - Thursday 
8:00 am to 4:00 pm 
(closed on holidays)

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