International Research and the IRB

Whenever human subjects are used in research in foreign countries, researchers must take care to assure that the Common Rule is applied to all subjects. In addition, specific guidelines for host countries and/or academic or research institutions must be followed. Researchers should be careful to conduct their research within the context of local socioeconomic, political, and cultural norms. The Office of Human Research Protections has details about factors to consider for context-dependent research. CITI training modules are also helpful for reviewing critical components to include for IRB review.

See University at Albany IRB Guidance Conducting International Research

The International Compilation of Human Research Standards, from the Office for Human Research Protections in the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, is a listing of over 1,000 laws, regulations, and guidelines on human subjects protections in over 100 countries and from several international organizations. Many of the listings embed hyperlinks to the source document. This Compilation was developed for use by researchers, IRBs/Research Ethics Committees, sponsors, and others who are involved in human subjects research around the world.

The current edition of the International Compilation of Human Research Standards is available online.

Questions about IRB policies and processes in general can be directed to: [email protected]