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Institutional Review Board

Aloha and welcome to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) page. This page was created to assist you in preparing an IRB submission to have your research approved. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Joe Peters.

What is an IRB?

An IRB is a group charged with protecting the rights and welfare of people involved in human research at an institution. The IRB reviews applicants’ plans for research at institutions that are approved to receive research funding from the federal government.

What training is required to participate in research involving human subjects?

In order to participate in research involving human subjects, you must go through mandatory training. This training is available for free and is online at the site. Upon completion of the training, you will receive a certificate that will be downloaded and included in your IRB submission.

What documentation is required for an IRB submission at Chaminade?

  1. The name(s) of the IRB applicant.
  2. The title of the IRB proposal.
  3. Proof of applicant’s IRB training consistent with federal guidelines such as a certificate from NIH Office of Extramural Research’s Protecting Human Research Participants online training (
  4. The applicant’s statement indicating how adequate provisions are in place for monitoring the data collected to ensure the safety of research participants (where applicable).
  5. The applicant’s statement indicating any additional safeguards that have been included in the study to protect the rights and welfare of these research participants (where applicable).
  6. A copy of the Informed Consent including:
    • A statement that the study involves research, an explanation of the purposes of the research and the expected duration of participation, a description of the procedures to be followed, and identification of any procedures which are experimental;
    • A description of any reasonably foreseeable risks or discomforts to the research participant;
    • A disclosure of appropriate alternative procedures or courses of treatment, if any, that might be advantageous to the research participant;
    • A statement describing the extent, if any, to which confidentiality of records identifying the research participant will be maintained;
    • An explanation as to whether any compensation and an explanation as to whether any medical treatments are available if injury occurs for research involving more than minimal risk, and, if so, what they consist of, or where further information may be obtained;
    • An explanation of whom to contact for answers to pertinent questions about the research and participants' rights, and whom to contact in the event of a research-related injury to the participant; and
    • A statement that participation is voluntary, refusal to participate will involve no penalty or loss of benefits to which the research participant is otherwise entitled, and the research participant may discontinue participation at any time without penalty or loss of benefits to which the research participant is otherwise entitled.

Informed consent and samples

Chaminade Internal Review Committee Members

Hawaii Department of Education Research

Hawaii Partnership for Educational Research Consortium

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