Institutional Review Committee

The ECHN Institutional Review Committee (IRC) is responsible for the review and approval of all human subject research conducted at an ECHN facility.  The IRC seeks to create a collaborative relationship with the research community to assure that research with human subjects is conducted in accordance with federal regulations and ethical principles of Respect for Persons, Beneficence and Justice.  These principles require the balancing of risks to subjects against the scientific knowledge to be gained and the potential benefits to subjects and society.  The IRC also focuses on the informed consent process to assure that subject participation in research is voluntary.

The following forms and templates aid researchers in fulfilling their obligations to ensure that research is designed, conducted and approved consistently and in compliance with applicable laws, regulations and ECHN's commitment to the protection of its research participants.

The following documents will assist researchers in preparing their studies for submission to the IRC.


Frequently Asked Questions

QI Checklist - Guidance Document - Quality Improvement (QI)

Research Checklist - Guidance Document - Research

De-Identification - Educational Activity

De-Identification - Research Activity

HIPAA Accounting Disclosures Log

Protocol Submission Form #1

Protocol Submission Form #2

Protocol Submission Form #3

Renewal/Completion Template

IRC Request for Approval of Ammendment

Consent Form for a Participant in a Research Study 

Conflict of Interest Policy & Questionnaire

IRC Exemption Template

IRC Unanticipated Adverse Event Report

Protocol Deviation Report


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