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IRB Approval Policy
The Love/Avon Army of Women requires researchers to agree to follow the provisions of the “Common Rule” (45CFR46) federal human subjects regulations and obtain Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval before receiving biological samples or access to the Army of Women for their research. While these regulations currently do not apply to institutions that do not receive federal support, the Army of Women policy requires all researchers utilizing the Army of Women to follow the Common Rule.
Researchers will be required to obtain the appropriate IRB approval prior to recruitment.
If the researcher does not have an established IRB at his or her institution/organization, the researcher should use a central IRB. Alternatively, a researcher may use the services of the AAHRPP. For an accredited list of IRBs see AAHRPP’s accredited organizations.
All researchers should be aware of how the federal human subjects’ regulations apply to the use of human biological samples. If you are unfamiliar with the IRB approval process and would like guidance on how to proceed, please contact the Army of Women staff.