What is an IRB and do I need one?

IRB stands for Institutional Review Board. IRBs review and monitor how a research study will be conducted to ensure the study does not cause unreasonable risks to participants.

ProofPilot requires all studies be reviewed by an IRB before they launch. We require a letter of IRB approval for any study reviewed by an external organization. If your study is of minimal risk, an IRB review should be quick.

If you do not have an IRB available, no problem, IRB approval is automatic within 3-5 days via ProofPilot partner, Veritas IRB. (Please note, for new customer the first review may take up to two weeks as the ethical reviewers are introduced to your organization and unique topic areas).

IRBs are regulated by the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) within HHS. They are regulated Title 45 Code of Federal Regulations Part 46.