IRB News:



NEW FOR 2013
Online Tutorial for Applicants

Beginning January 1, 2013, applications for approval by the Andrews University Institutional Review Board (IRB) will require the inclusion of certificates of completion for the National Institutes of Health for all principal and co-investigators listed on the IRB application. For applications submitted by student researchers, a certificate of completion for the faculty research advisor should also be included.


You can review the online training materials at PHRP training resource, and then register to take your quizzes at


The tutorial will take an average of about two hours to complete and covers the basic ethical principles of respect for persons, beneficence, and justice that guide all research involving human subjects.


Ø  Respect for persons indicates “first, that individual should be treated as autonomous agents, and second, that persons with diminished autonomy are entitled to protection.” Thus, respect for persons includes “the requirement to acknowledge autonomy and the requirement to protect those with diminished autonomy.”


Ø  Beneficence means to protect individuals from harm. Specifically, beneficence is the obligation to “(1) do not harm and (2) maximize possible benefits and minimize possible harms.”


Ø  Justice means there should be “fairness in distribution” both of the risks and the benefits of the research.


Upon completion of the tutorial, a Certificate of Completion is provided that will be valid for three years.

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