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IRB Submission Process

In order for the IRB to review and approve human subjects research the following items are required:

Complete Human Subjects Protection Education

We currently utilize Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) for this training: 

Certification is good for a three year time period. New researchers are required to complete two courses:

  • Good Clinical Practice
  • Either the Biomedical Research group or the Social Behavioral group, depending on which course is related to the research

Summa Health System accepts human subjects protection training from non-CITI sources, i.e. NIH, if the researcher is from collaborating institutions.

Register in iRIS

iRIS is the new electronic system we use to handle the human subject research submissions. (  An individual must first register and have their account activated before they can submit their research study.  Individuals working on already approved IRB projects may also need to have access to IRBNet, the previous electronic submission system.