The Institutional Review Board holds a Federal-wide Assurance with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Human Research Protection and is the entity designated by the Board of Trustees of Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center to review, approve, monitor and evaluate research projects and clinical investigations involving human subjects on behalf of Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center. The IRB conducts its activities pursuant to the rules and regulations regarding human subject’s research of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), where applicable.
The IRB functions primarily to protect the rights, safety and welfare of all research subjects. A diversity of membership, with individuals having a wide range of perspectives, helps to insure objective scrutiny of the research protocol. The IRB reviews all documents related to the research protocol, scientific design, informed consent, privacy, recruitment process, associated advertising, potential sources of conflict of interest within the research process and any other documents necessary to insure the safety of research subjects.