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Chapter 3 Section 32 Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Year Adopted: 2016
Revised: 2019


The College requires that research connected with the institution protect human subjects. To ensure that research is conducted ethically with benefits outweighing the risks to participants, researchers much submit proposals and documentation to an Institutional Review Board (IRB) before initiating any research project.

The IRB will review all proposed research involving human subjects to ensure their rights and welfare are protected and that participants are treated ethically. Proposals will be reviewed to determine whether or not they are exempt from review, require minimal risk to provide for expedited review or involve vulnerable populations requiring more than minimal risk. Proposals determined to require more than minimal risk will undergo a full review by the IRB in compliance with federal guidelines established by the Department of Health and Human Services (CFR Title 45, Part 46).


The IRB will consist of at least five members, deemed sufficiently qualified through experience and expertise to promote respect for its advice and counsel in safeguarding the rights and welfare of human subjects. Meetings of the IRB will be held as needed. The Chair of the IRB will serve as the first and primary point of contact for all inquiries and submissions related to the IRB. Please send an email to to contact the Chair.

All proposals will undergo an initial review by the Chair of the CPTC IRB. Those proposals that do not meet the federal definition of research may be exempt from the IRB review process. Proposals received from another institution that have undergone a documented IRB approval from another source may also undergo an expedited review.

Investigators seeking to conduct research on the CPTC campus, or those whose research involves CPTC employees or students are required to review the CPTC IRB guidelines, policies and procedures available on the college website. Investigators must submit applications to the IRB at least one month prior to the proposed start date for the research project. The IRB will respond to research applications within 30 days of the research application submission. Projects that last more than one year must re-apply for review from the CPTC IRB annually.

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