Arnold Palmer Hospital

Welcome to the Arnold Palmer Medical Center Institutional Review Board (IRB). The APMC IRB is responsible for reviewing all pediatric, pregnant women and babies research for ethical standards and scientific merit.

The IRB is an administrative body established to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects recruited to participate in research activities conducted under the auspices of the institution with which it is affiliated. The IRB has the authority to approve, require modifications, or disapprove all research activities that fall within its jurisdiction as specified by both the federal regulations and local institutional policy. Research that has been reviewed and approved by an IRB may be subject to review and disapproval by officials of the institution. However, those officials may not approve research if it has been disapproved by the IRB.

The IRB also functions independently, but in coordination with other committees, such as the Medical Economic Outcomes Committee (MEOC), Data/Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB), and the APMC Research Advisory Committee (RAC). The IRB makes its independent determination whether to approve or disapprove the protocol based upon whether or not human subjects are adequately protected.

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