Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

There are two central IRBs within DOE:

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee made up of people from differing backgrounds and perspectives charged with the responsibility of reviewing and overseeing all research proposals that involve human subjects. The board is comprised of scientists, non-scientists, and community members.

The review process is designed to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects by ensuring equitable subject selection and adequate informed consent, assessing and minimizing risks, and maintaining privacy and confidentiality. The IRB reviews all human subjects research protocols in accordance with federal regulation, state and local laws, and Department of Energy (DOE) directives.

Within the DOE complex, some DOE sites have their own IRBs and others do not. For sites without an IRB, the protocols are typically reviewed by one of the central DOE IRBs (CDOEIRB or CDOEIRB-C). The table below identifies what IRB is responsible for reviewing protocols at each DOE site that conducts human subjects research. If a DOE site does not appear in this table, but there is a concern or question about human subjects research at that site, please contact us.


DOE Site

IRB Used

Contacts

Ames Laboratory

Site

Julia Sager

Argonne National Laboratory

Site
CDOEIRB
CDOEIRB-C

Dan Schabacker
Lindsay Motz
Barbara Brown

Brookhaven National Laboratory                                                           

Site
CDOEIRB
CDOEIRB-C

Darcy Mallon
Lindsay Motz
Barbara Brown

East Tennessee Technology Park

Site

Lindsay Motz

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

CDOEIRB*

Tom Kroc
Lindsay Motz

Idaho National Laboratory

Site
CDOEIRB-C

Dena Tomchak
Barbara Brown

Kansas City Plant / National Security Center

CDOEIRB
CDOEIRB-C

Lindsay Motz
Barbara Brown

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Site

Dianna Bolt

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Site
CDOEIRB-C*

Ann-Marie Dake
Barbara Brown

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Site
CDOEIRB-C

Judy Noles
Barbara Brown

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

CDOEIRB*

Lindsay Motz

 

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education

 

Site

 

Lindsay Motz

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Site
CDOEIRB-C

Leigh Greeley
Barbara Brown

 

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Site
CDOEIRB-C

Susan Varnum
Barbara Brown

Sandia National Laboratories

Site
CDOEIRB-C

Craig Nimmo
Barbara Brown

Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility

Site
CDOEIRB-C

Walter Chandler
Lindsay Motz

 

Savannah River Site

 

Site
CDOEIRB-C

 

Karen Brown
Lindsay Motz

 

Y-12 National Security Complex

 

Site

 

Lindsay Motz

Multiple DOE Sites+

CDOEIRB
CDOEIRB-C

Lindsay Motz
Barbara Brown

Projects Conducted Under the Strategic Intelligence Partnership Program

CDOEIRB-C

Barbara Brown

Legend:
CDOEIRB = Central DOE IRB
CDOEIRB-C = Central DOE IRB-Classified
+ Studies that are being performed by more than one DOE site


The CDOEIRB
The CDOEIRB, which was established in January 2010, serves as DOE’s IRB of record for study protocols that involve employees of DOE or its contractors and/or are explicitly funded by, or conducted by, DOE or other agencies or institutions in the following areas:

  • Beryllium exposure-related studies sponsored by DOE or involving the DOE workforce.
  • Human subjects research in which multiple DOE laboratories/sites are engaged.
  • A portion of the human subjects research involving manipulation of the human environment that is funded by DOE.
  • The Former Worker Medical Screening Program, including the beryllium sensitization screening component.

The CDOEIRB also serves as the IRB of record for several DOE sites that do not have their own site IRB. The scope of the CDOEIRB excludes those projects that are classified, in part or in totality. These projects are overseen by a classified IRB at the DOE site or the CDOEIRB-C (when a DOE site does not have its own classified IRB or the research falls under the Strategic Intelligence Partnership Program).

Meeting dates

Most meetings are conducted via teleconference, the second Wednesday of each month, with one face-to-face meeting in the spring or fall.  Investigators should submit documents three weeks prior to the meeting that they would like to have their protocols reviewed.

Following are the scheduled meeting dates for calendar year 2020-21:

October 14, 2020
November 11, 2020
January 13, 2021
February 10, 2021
March 10, 2021
April 14, 2021
May 12, 2021
June 9, 2021
July 14, 2021
August 11, 2021
September 8, 2021
October 13, 2021
November 10, 2021
December 8, 2021

Contacts:
Lindsay Motz, IRB Administrator
lindsay.motz@orau.org
(865) 574-4359

Jim Morris, PhD, IRB Chair
jemrcm@aol.com

Betsy Ellis, PhD, IRB Vice Chair
betsy.ellis@orau.org

Elizabeth White, Ex-officio; Member of DOE Management Team
elizabeth.white@science.doe.gov
(301) 903-7693

Cheri Hautala-Bateman, Ex-officio; Member of DOE Management Team
cheri.hautala-bateman@nnsa.doe.gov
(202) 586-1444 

Relevant Forms for Investigators Submitting Forms to the CDOEIRB:

  • DOE Human Subjects Protection Program Plan (HRP-101)
  • DOE Investigator Manual (HRP-103) 
  • Consent Form Template  (HRP-502) 
  • Initial Application Form/Protocol Template (HRP-503) 
  • Continuing Review Application Form (HRP-585) 
  • Amendment/Modification Application Form (HRP-586) 
  • Required Training (HRP-422)

Note:  Forms are available in the IRB system Library  For more information or with questions, please contact the IRB Administrator with questions.

Relevant Forms for CDOEIRB Members:

  • DOE Human Subjects Protection Program Plan (HRP-101)
  • Human Research Determination (HRP-310) 
  • Engagement Determination (HRP-311) 
  • Exemption Determination (HRP-312) 
  • Expedited Review (HRP-313) 
  • Criteria for Approval (HRP-314) 
  • Waiver or Alteration of Consent Process  (HRP-410) and Written of Written Documentation of Consent (HRP-411) 
  • HIPAA Waiver of Authorization (HRP-441) 
  • Primary Reviewer Forms: Initial Review (HRP-492) | Continuing Review (HRP-493) | Modification (HRP-494)
  • Modification of the Human Environment (HRP-421) 
  • Required Training (HRP-422)
  • Protecting Employees who want to participate in research (HRP-423)
  • Reviewing Protocols that use PII (HRP-490)

Note:  Forms are available in the IRB system Library.  For more information or with questions, please contact the IRB Administrator.

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The CDOEIRB-Classified
The CDOEIRB-Classified (C), which was established in 2012, serves as DOE’s IRB of record for all human subjects research conducted at/by DOE sites through the Strategic Intelligence Partnership Program (regardless of whether this research is classified or not).  This IRB also serves as the IRB of record for other types of human subjects research that is classified (in part or totality) from sites that do not have a cleared IRB, as well as for classified protocols that involve multiple DOE sites.
In addition to the regulations under which DOE IRBs operate, including DOE Order 443.1B, Chg. 1, both the CDOEIRB-C and the classified IRBs at DOE sites operate under additional requirements specified in DOE N 443.1.

Meeting dates and deadlines

Meetings are scheduled monthly, generally on the third Wednesday of the month.  Investigators should submit documents three weeks prior to the meeting that they would like to have their protocols reviewed.

Following are the scheduled meeting dates for the remainder of calendar year 2020-21:

October 21, 2020
November 18, 2020
January 20, 2021
February 17, 2021
March 17, 2021
April 21, 2021
May 19, 2021
June 16, 2021
July 21, 2021
August 18, 2021
September 15, 2021
October 20, 2021
November 17, 2021
December 15, 2021

Contacts

Barbara Brown, IRB Administrator
barbara.brown@doe.gov
(202) 586-2858

Cheri Hautala-Bateman, Co-Chair
cheri.hautala-bateman@nnsa.doe.gov
(202) 586-1444

Elizabeth White, Co-Chair
elizabeth.white@science.doe.gov
301-903-7693

Relevant Forms for CDOEIRB-C Investigators

  • DOE Human Subjects Protection Program Plan (HRP-101)
  • DOE Investigator Manual (HRP-103)
  • Consent Form Template  (HRP-901) 
  • Initial Application/Protocol Template (HRP-900) 
  • Continuing Review Application Form (HRP-917) 
  • Amendment/Modification Application Form (HRP-918)
  • Required Training (HRP-422) 

Note:  Forms are available in the IRB system Library.  For more information or with questions, please contact the IRB Administrator.

Relevant Information and Forms for CDOEIRB-C Members

  • DOE Human Subjects Protection Program Plan (HRP-101)
  • Human Research Determination (HRP-310)
  • Engagement Determination (HRP-311)
  • Criteria for Approval (HRP-314) 
  • Modification of the Human Environment (HRP-421)
  • Required Training (HRP-422)
  • Protecting Employees who want to participate in research (HRP-423)
  • Reviewing Protocols that use PII (HRP-490)
  • Reviewer Forms: Initial Review (HRP-903)  | Continuing Review (HRP-904)  Modification (HRP-905)

Note: Forms are available in the IRB system Library.    For more information or with questions, please contact the IRB Administrator.