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Institutional Review Board

What studies must be submitted for review by the Institutional Review Board (IRB)?

All research involving persons receiving services directly from or funded by/through:
  • Philadelphia Department of Public Health
  • Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health *
  • Philadelphia Department of Finance, Office of Risk Management

Also any research:
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What studies must also be submitted to the Health Commissioner's Office Review Committee?

All research involving:
  • Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) data
  • Persons receiving services directly from or funded by/through the PDPH

Studies must include an investigator or collaborator working for PDPH.

Learn more about the Health Commissioner's Office Review Committee

How do I submit a study to the IRB?

All new studies that require IRB approval must be reviewed by the full committee at a regularly scheduled meeting.