Human Research and the IRB

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) at the University of Texas at Austin is charged with reviewing all research conducted under the auspices of UT Austin. The purpose of an IRB is to ensure research involving humans applies ethical principles and complies with federal regulatory requirements for protecting the rights and welfare of human participants. UT Austin has 2 IRBs – a Social Behavioral research IRB and a Health Science research IRB. The human research protection program and the UT Austin IRBs have been accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Participants (AAHRPP) since 2006.