IRB (Human Subject Protection)
Purpose & Responsibilities
Effective July 1, 2013, the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs became the administrative home for the Institution Review Board (and the protection of human subjects.) As part of this transition, the IRB application process has been automated and will use the industry leading IRBNet suite of tools, accessible via the National Research Network, bringing electronic protocol management, on-line submissions and many other important research oversight features to the Elizabethtown College research community. This page is dedicated to providing researchers with the information and tools to make IRB submissions as easy and streamlined as possible.
Please Note: Effective August 1, 2013, the Elizabethtown College Institutional Review Board requires all IRB applicants to have completed a certified human subject protection training course. Please include certification of human subject protection training as part of your application. As of January 1, 2019, Elizabethtown College partnered with CITI to offer human subjects training for the IRB. CITI also offers a variety of optional training modules in specialized areas, including lab animal research, clinical trials, and conflicts of interest. All students, faculty and staff may access the CITI training modules free of charge. Researchers who do not hold a valid NIH "Protecting Human Research Participant" certificate must successfully complete CITI training before engaging in human subjects research. To register for CITI training, please visit CITIprogram.org.
To download a step-by-step registration guide, please click here: CITI Registration
IRB Meeting Information
The Elizabethtown College Institutional Review Board (IRB) meets monthly during the academic year. An application which is submitted to the IRB would be defined into a category of EXEMPT, EXPEDITED, or FULL review. (Please refer to the Policies, Procedures and Guidelines for description).
The timeline for review of an application by the IRB:
EXEMPT: 5 - 7 Business Days EXPEDITED: 2 weeks FULL Review: 4 weeks
All Full Review IRB applications must be submitted through IRBNet by the 1st of the month in order for that application to be placed on the Agenda for that month's meeting. IRB Meetings for 2020-21:
February 18, 2021; March 18, 2021; April 15, 2021; May 20, 2021.
5 Easy Steps
User name: elizabethtown
The College now uses IRBNet to process all IRB applications. There are two steps to the process. The first step is to register on IRBNet and the second is to use your account to create and manage your IRB application(s).
Follow the New User Registration Guide to get started.
Register on IRBNet
- Go to the IRBNet website: www.irbnet.org
- Follow the instructions in the guide above to create your account and begin to build your application.
Apply on IRBNet
- Once registered on IRBNet, simply use any browser to log in to the system (www.irbnet.org) and then follow the steps (see the flowcharts above for the steps to follow to submit and manage your IRB application(s).
IRB APPLICATIONS DRAFTED ON A MAC MUST HAVE THE LATEST VERSION OF ADOBE READER (v11 or higher) TO SAVE AND SUBMIT THE APPLICATION