Research projects involving human subjects require review and
approval by an Institutional Review Board. The mission of the University of Iowa Institutional Review Boards is to assure that the rights and welfare of human subjects are adequately protected in research. The IRB is charged with the responsibility of reviewing and overseeing human subjects research conducted under the aegis of The Office of the Vice President of Research. The first question a researcher should consider with respect to IRB review is whether the research project fits the definition of human subjects research. In light of the mission to protect human subjects, and the potential regulatory consequences of not obtaining IRB review and approval, the investigator should choose to err on the side of caution and consult the IRB Chair or the IRB Chair Designee when he/she is uncertain whether the study is human subjects research or not.