Institutional Review Boards: A Particular View

  • Michael Weintraub
Part of the NATO Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (NSSA, volume 39)


Institutional review boards (or IRBs)are not, as Dr. Max Hamilton indicated, Interferring Repressive Busybodies. They are ethical review committees mandated to review research protocols involving human participants. IRBs have many names; one of the worst is “Human Use Committee” (guaranteed to strike fear into the heart of anyone who realizes that his “use” was approved by that IRB). Other names include “Human Investigation Committee,” “Human Experimentation Committee,” “Peer Review Board,” etc. Initially IRBs were set up in institutions which had government-funded research projects. Now IRBs exist in nearly all institutions where research projects involving human beings are done, no matter who sponsors it.


Consent Process Ethical Review Committee Human Participant Consent Procedure Inform Consent Process 


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Weintraub
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  1. 1.Departments of Pharmacology and MedicineUniversity of Rochester Medical CenterRochesterUSA

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