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Protecting Human Subjects Website

Institutions that engage in human subjects research are required by federal policy to establish an institutional review board (IRB) to ensure that risks to human subjects in research are minimal and to provide protection with respect to the rights and welfare of research subjects.

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) administers the Oak Ridge Sitewide Institutional Review Board (ORSIRB) and manages the ORISE Human Subjects Web site.

The ORSIRB conducts the reviews required for the approval of proposed or continuing studies involving human subjects. By the direction of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the ORSIRB also serves as the site-specific IRB for research conducted by scientists or involving current or former workers at the DOE Oak Ridge complex.

The Protecting Human Subjects website contains resources and forms in support of the ORISE Protecting Human Subjects Program, including information on the ORSIRB. Interested persons can view a list of the IRB members, operating procedures, “How to” quick reference guides for principal investigators and IRB operations diagrams and more on the site.

ORISE Protecting Human Subjects Web Site

For more information, contact:

Becky Hawkins
IRB Administrator
Work: 865.576.1725