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What is IRB Approval and why is it important in drug development?

An institutional review board (IRB) is a committee that protects the rights and privacy of the individuals that participate in studies. Typically IRBs are composed of a handful of health professionals and researchers that are not involved in the proposed research, who can serve as an objective judge of the potential benefits and harms of a proposed research project. They review all documentation involved in research studies involving humans, including research protocols, informed consent documents, any materials developed for recruiting research participants, and security measures taken to protect sensitive participant data. Any research that involves human subjects must obtain IRB approval or an exemption before beginning the study. To learn more about IRB approval and why it is important for drug development, click on the links below.

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