Institutional Review Board (IRB)

In accordance with the Federal Policy on the Protection of Human subjects (DHHS Policy 45 CFR 46), the University of Massachusetts Amherst is responsible for protecting the rights and welfare of human subjects of research conducted by, or under the supervision of, its faculty, staff and students.   The Institution maintains an Institutional Review Board, a federally mandated committee, which reviews all sponsored research involving human subjects. Some unsponsored research is reviewed by local review boards

The IRB's charge is to ensure that the risks accompanying the research never outweigh the value of human life.  In its review of projects involving human subjects the IRB seeks to balance the risks to the subjects against the scientific knowledge to be gained and the potential benefits to the subjects and/or society, as well as ensure that all projects conform to the regulations and policies set forth by the DHHS and FDA as well as state regulations.

Funded Research is reviewed at one of three levels depending on the nature of the study. See Levels of Review for more information.

Human Research Protection Office (HRPO)
304 Research Administration Building
70 Butterfield Terrace
University Of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003-9242

Phone: (413) 545-3428
FAX: (413) 577-1728
Email: humansubjects@ora.umass.edu