SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University
Office of Research Administration
Institutional Review Board & Privacy Board
The SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University Institutional Review Board & Privacy Board (Downstate IRB) is a committee established to review and approve human research. The purpose of the Downstate IRB is to ensure that all human research is ethically conducted in accordance with all applicable regulations and policy, while protecting the rights and welfare of research participants. The Downstate IRB ensures clinical trials involving investigational or unlicensed test articles (drugs, biologics, and devices) have the appropriate regulatory approval or meet exemptions for such approval and the human research is within compliance of all requirements. The IRB approves each research protocol or plan according to criteria based on policy, applicable laws, regulations, codes, guidance, and best practices. The Downstate IRB may perform or request audits as necessary, serves as a Privacy Board, establishes policy, and provides guidance, education, and technical support to investigators and their collaborators.
The Downstate IRB will be the best-in-class partner, as it:
- Delivers high quality, focused, efficient, and friendly service to Downstate investigators and their collaborators.
- Promotes an environment which facilitates collaboration among Downstate investigators and their collaborators.
The SUNY Downstate IRB:
- Functions to achieve regulatory compliance while protecting the rights and welfare of research participants.
- Provides technical support, policy, and guidance regarding human research to Downstate investigators and their collaborators.
- Contributes towards the education of Downstate investigators regarding IRB related matters.
In carrying out its mission, the Downstate IRB values:
- Integrity and ethical behavior;
- Diversity and respect;
- Quality and service; and
- Transparency and accountability.