Institutional Review Board

Our institutional review boards help ensure that you get high-quality care.

We’ve set high standards in our clinical research programs. Our institutional review boards (IRBs) help us accomplish that by governing our work. The boards have a mission to protect the rights and welfare of volunteers who take part in medical research. Research that will involve volunteer participants must be reviewed and approved by the board.

The review boards are made up of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, other Novant Health team members and community representatives. Research studies follow guidelines of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP), as well as our internal policies and procedures.

Clinical research at Novant Health is designed to respect the dignity and privacy of volunteers who participate in studies. Our research teams also are committed to making sure volunteers are informed appropriately and to maintaining legal and ethical standards of conduct.

If you are a volunteer in a research study at Novant Health and you have a question about your rights as a research participant, you may contact the institutional review board’s office Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Learn how we protect volunteers in research:

Report your concerns about a research program:

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