The Office of Research Integrity

Institutional Review Board


  • According to the updated federal regulations 46 CFR 46, any protocol approved as expedited will no longer require continuing review as of January 2018. You are still required to submit modifications and obtain IRB approval for any changes to any aspect of the study before the changes can be implemented.
  • Due to the changes to the federal regulations, you will note that the stamp on your consent form no longer has an expiration date. Consent forms will only be re-stamped in the event a modification has been submitted that required changes to the consent form.

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is in place to ensure that human subjects involved in research are adequately protected and that the institution acts in accordance with the federal regulations regarding research with human subjects. Prior to the  initiation of any research efforts that involve human subjects, an IRB review is required. Any issues can be directed to Melissa Beck, (336) 256-0253.




The Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP), under the auspices of the Public Health Service, oversees compliance with the ethical guidelines and regulatory requirements for research involving human subjects. The OHRP has published educational materials which may be useful in answering some of the questions that arise when writing a research protocol.

UNCG’s IRB accepts certificates of training from the two below sources: Human Subjects In-Person Training sessions, offered by the Office of Research Integrity once a semester, and CITI Training. Certificates of completion are available at the end of the tutorial or training session. This certificate must be printed and attached to your IRB application.

Human Subjects Training Workshops

The UNCG Office of Research Integrity offers a two hour session in human research protection once a semester, covering all required categories to meet the requirements of our assurance with the Office of Research Protections (OHRP). Topics of this session are also a part of the RCR curriculum on the campus. These workshops cover areas such as confidentiality, informed consent, recruitment, and the history of human research protection and are offered as an alternative to CITI training.

  • Date: March 7, 2017
  • Time: 9am-11am
  • Location: MHRA 2711
  • Register:

PLEASE NOTE: The Office of Research Integrity will also be happy to provide specifically-tailored sessions to a department or class by request. These requests can be made to or by contacting Melissa Beck at Please note, a certificate of completion is not offered for this option.

CITI Training

IRB Consent Form Templates

IRB Forms

IRB Standard  Operating Procedures (SOP’s)

Additional IRB Resources

FDA Information

 Frequently Asked Questions

IMPORTANT NOTE: Approvals for research are valid for a time period established by the IRB which can’t exceed one year. If your research extends beyond one year, the project must be reviewed and renewed before the expiration date and prior to continuation. The IRB is directed by federal guidelines to shut down any and all research using human participants that does not have a current approval.