The Johns Hopkins All Children's Institutional Review Board (IRB) oversees all research involving human subjects conducted by Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital staff and employees, regardless of the location of the research or its source of financial support. The Johns Hopkins All Children’s IRB is one of seven Johns Hopkins Medicine IRBs, which it joined in 2013.
The Johns Hopkins All Children’s IRB reviews and approves all research activities involving human subjects to ensure that the rights, safety and welfare of the participants are protected. The board also reviews and approves all research uses of human tissue/specimens obtained from Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital patients, and reviews the use of all hospital patient records for research purposes.
The board requires research personnel who are involved in human subject research to be appropriately trained before conducting research. Principal Investigators and research staff are required to complete education on human research subject protection and regulations.
Additionally, the hospital uses an electronic Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital Institutional Review Board protocol submission system called eIRB to efficiently create and submit research protocols for review and approval. All new protocols must be submitted through eIRB, a process that became effective June 2014. The Johns Hopkins All Children’s IRB meets monthly.