Community IRB Member Resources

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An IRB community, or unaffiliated, member is someone from outside the organization or institution who serves on the IRB. Community members come from a variety of backgrounds and are chosen for particular experience, knowledge, or relationship to the types of studies reviewed by the IRB. These members often are drawn from the community in which an institution resides. Former research subjects, patient advocates, teachers, nurses, members of vulnerable populations, retirees or experts in multicultural affairs may be sought for IRB service.

DOE values IRB community members, and offers resources and periodic phone seminars for community IRB members nationwide.

The University of Southern California (USC) has a number of good resources on community members, including: What it Takes to be an IRB Community Member (PDF), which guides IRB community members through the human subjects research process and helps them transition into a valued member of the IRB. It can also serve as a great introduction for anybody new to human subjects research and the IRB.

The Department of Energy and USC periodically offer a series of free educational conference calls for IRB community members. Sign-up to receive announcements about future calls and other information for community IRB members.