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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 documents, application forms and templates will 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.