The Sutter Health Institutional Review Board operates under the policies and procedures that conform to federal and state laws and regulations. SHIRB has the institutional authority to approve, modify or disapprove research. Unless specifically exempted by the Institutional Review Board from further review, every research project involving humans must be SHIRB-approved prior to initiation and reapproved at least once a year (or more often, as determined by the IRB). SHIRB’s primary responsibility is the protection of human subjects from undue risk and from deprivation of personal rights and dignity.
SHIRB is currently comprised of two panels, each of which meets monthly and shares equal authority and responsibility for reviewing research in any area or specialty. SHIRB operates in compliance with relevant state and federal regulations (including 45 CFR 46 and 21 CFR 50 and 56) and with the Federalwide Assurances of the Sutter Health affiliates. Each SHIRB panel is registered with the Office of Human Research Protection: registration #00009826 and #00009827. SHIRB also serves as the Privacy Board for Sutter Health and its affiliates.