The IRB is a committee established by the institution, following federal regulations, to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects who have volunteered to participate in research studies.

The fundamental responsibility of the IRB is to ensure that all ethical and regulatory issues have been addressed in the protection of human subjects. Research protocols are reviewed to consider ethical issues, such as subject coercion by excessive monetary inducements, investigators’ financial conflict of interest, potential benefits versus risks, and assurance that appropriate consent procedures are used.

All approvals required for clinical research to be conducted at BCH Oakland are reviewed by the UCSF IRB  – BCH Oakland-based Pediatric Committee. For a complete listing of committee meeting dates and current members by sites, please visit the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) site. 

Submission Process

UCSF’s HRPP utilizes iRIS as its system of record to receive, track, and manage proposals and approvals. Investigators can access iRIS through MyAccess to submit their proposals for IRB review once a study has been deemed needing IRB review. Click here for assistance and additional information about iRIS.