Spectrum Health Systems has formed an Institutional Review Board (IRB) to approve and monitor federally funded research projects conducted at Spectrum, as well as external organizations. Spectrum's IRB is designed to help investigators comply with the ethical guidelines and regulatory requirements for research involving human subjects. Specifically, the IRB reviews research protocols and related materials (e.g., informed consent documents and investigator brochures) in advance of the research and through periodic reviews.

Regulations permit an institution without an IRB to arrange for an "outside" IRB to be responsible for initial and continuing review of studies conducted at the non-IRB institution. Spectrum is available to serve as an IRB for such organizations.

Researchers interested in utilizing Spectrum’s IRB may contact irbchair@spectrumsys.org.
 
All forms, policies and procedures necessary for IRB review and approval are available on Spectrum's website at www.spectrumhealthsystems.org/institutional-review-board.