The Philadelphia Department of Public Health has a long history of participating in research to improve services and care for the good of the public. As required by Department policy, medical ethics and federal regulations, all research that involves human subjects must be reviewed by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) prior to implementation and on an ongoing basis.
What studies must be submitted for review by the IRB?
All research involving persons receiving services directly from or funded by/through:
Also any research:
What studies must also be submitted to the Health Commissioner’s Office Review Committee?
All research involving:
Studies must include an investigator or collaborator working for Philadelphia Department of Public Health.
How do I submit a study to the IRB?
Requests for IRB exempt study determination may be submitted at any time, and should preferably be submitted at least two weeks prior to a scheduled meeting submission deadline.
All new studies that require IRB approval must be reviewed by the full committee at a regularly scheduled meeting.
Information and forms:
I am an external researcher requesting City generated data. Do I need any other approvals?
The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Opportunity and its departments require departmental
approval for external research requests. Find out more.