Approved by a vote of the full faculty Feb. 28, 2013
Abilene Christian University Institutional Review Board members will be appointed by the Provost.
The chair shall be the director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.
The term of service is normally five years, and a member is eligible for immediate reappointment for no more than 10 years of consecutive service. Once the extended term is complete, the member may not be nominated to be a voting member of the IRB for a period of three years.
Criteria for Membership
The Provost, considering advice from the Deans, will appoint IRB members using the following criteria, which were adapted in accordance with federal regulations 45 CFR 46 and 21 CFR 56 to safeguard the rights and welfare of human subjects in research:
When a vacancy occurs on an IRB, the chair of the IRB shall contact the Dean of the appropriate university college/school/division and request a nomination to fill the vacancy. The name of the nominee and a current curriculum vita should be returned to the chair. Once the nomination has been returned, the Provost will review the credentials.
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) staff will review the functions and responsibilities with the nominee to ensure that the nominee realizes the time commitment needed for service on this committee.
Once the nominee has agreed to participate as a member of the IRB, a recommendation for appointment may be sent to the Provost, indicating whether the appointment is as a full committee member or an alternate and the term of service with the IRB.
Once appointed, the IRB member will complete the following forms and submit them to the ORSP:
Length of Term/Service and Description of Staggered Rotation
The length of service for an appointed IRB member will be five years. Usually, no more than one fifth of membership may be considered for renewal/replacement each year. If a member resigns prior to the end of their term, a nominee may be appointed to complete the original term.
During the first year of the IRB member’s initial term, the IRB chair may assign a senior committee member to serve as a mentor for the new appointee. This mentor will assist the new member, when requested, in preparing for committee meetings, contacting investigators for additional information, and working through any problems noted with the IRB submission, before the scheduled IRB meeting.
Near the end of the five-year term, the ORSP staff will inquire as to whether or not the appointee wishes to continue to serve. If the IRB member wishes to continue to serve on the IRB, the ORSP staff will submit a request to the Provost for the member to remain on the committee. The ORSP staff, in consultation with the Provost, may extend an invitation for a committee member to remain for an additional five years for a total of no more than 10 years. Once the extended term is complete, the member may not be nominated to be a voting member of the IRB for a period of three years.
IRB Member Training and Continuing Education Requirement
All new members should complete training as directed by the chair of the IRB prior to beginning their work with the board. All new and continuing members should continue training through membership in designated national organizations and by attending related national and/or regional conferences. The ORSP will fund required training.
Functions and Responsibilities
The IRB member shall:
When a committee member consistently fails to attend IRB meetings or fails to meet expectations, the ORSP staff and the Provost will meet with the committee member to determine the cause. If the IRB member indicates an inability to continue to function effectively as an IRB member, the ORSP staff or the Provost will request assistance from the Dean and/or department chair in obtaining a replacement member to serve on the IRB.