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The Johns Hopkins University is committed to protecting the rights and welfare of individuals participating as subjects in research. All human participant research conducted under the auspices of the University is evaluated by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) to ensure that the rights and welfare of participants are fully protected.

The Homewood Institutional Review Board (HIRB) serves the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Whiting School of Engineering, School of Education, Carey Business School, Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, and Peabody Institute. HIRB is responsible for reviewing all research projects involving human participants conducted in these divisions. This policy applies to all faculty, staff, and student research projects, whether or not a project is funded and regardless of the location at which the research will be conducted.

This site provides resources to help guide investigators through the HIRB application and review process. We also have included information on HIRB policies and procedures, HIRB membership and meeting calendar, education and training, and other resources for members, investigators, and participants.

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News & Announcements

Changes in the NIH Management of Genomic Summary Results Access Policy

The NIH recently announced changes in the NIH Management of Genomic Summary Results Access Policy (available at: , which will permit unrestricted download of genomic summary results data by third parties from the NIH Database of Genotypes and Phenotypes (“dbGaP”). Please note these changes apply to the sharing of summary results only and do […]


New applications that are in a status of Tabled or Approved with Administrative Changes ​​​If your new application was reviewed by the IRB and is in either a Tabled or Approved with Administrative Changes state, we encourage you to submit your response as quickly as possible so it can be processed under the existing rule. […]

Exempt study materials no longer stamped

As of August 6, 2018, consent documents and recruitment materials associated with Exempt studies will no longer be stamped as “IRB Approved”. The documents associated with studies that the IRB determines to be exempt will be listed in the IRB Exempt Determination Notice. Only those consent documents or recruitment materials that are a part of […]