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New Mexico State University
Research: Institutional Review Board

The Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The IRB (Institutional Review Board) is a federally mandated body established under the DHHS regulations for the Protection of Human Subjects (45 CFR 46). Its purpose is to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects recruited to participate in research activities conducted under the auspices of NewMexico State University (NMSU).

The guiding ethical principles of the IRB are embodied in the Belmont Report: Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research (The National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research, April 18, 1979). The principles of respect for persons, beneficence and justice are accepted as critical considerations for the ethical conduct of human subjects research.

University policy requires that all research involving human subjects be reviewed and approved by NMSU's IRB prior to initiation of the research. This requirement applies to all human subjects research conducted by faculty, staff, and students, on- and off-campus, regardless of the funding support, if any, for the project.

Research involving human subjects includes the collection of data about or from human subjects (including surveys) and the use of existing data (including specimens). Any changes to a project after IRB approval must be submitted for review and approval before implementation. Continuing review is also required at regular intervals for certain protocols.

The NMSU IRB requires Principal Investigators and all other research team members to complete and document appropriate training in the protection of human subjects. Additionally, the IRB is tasked with monitoring ongoing research for adherence to Federal Regulations and Institutional Policies and Procedures.


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The Office of Research Compliance is NO LONGER ACCEPTING paper applications for the IRB. All applications must be submitted electronically via MAESTRO. Access MAESTRO at