Society for Clinical Research Coordination and Management

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is an independent committee that oversees the protection of human subjects. This committee reviews all human research studies and the ongoing activities of IRB approved human research.  No research involving human subjects may begin without appropriate IRB review and approval.

For more information about the IRB Review Process, Forms, Training opportunities, and general information, visit the IRB website.

Human Subjects Electronic Research Application (HS-ERA)

The Human Subjects Electronic Research Application (HS-ERA) is a secure, web-based application that allows the creation, and submission of Human Subject Protocols to the Institutional Review Boards (IRB).

To visit the application page, click HS ERA.

Other Reviewing Entities

Certain federal and state regulations require specialized expertise, in addition to IRB approval, for review and approval of specific types of research or procedures used for research purposes. Details about which types of studies require additional review can be found in the Penn Manual.