How to get involved as an IRB Community Member
The meaning of "community"
The term "community" denotes a group of people who have a common set of interests, a common set of characteristics, or who live in an identified neighborhood or location.
Community Members on the Institutional Review Board (IRB)
An IRB community member is someone from outside the organization or institution who serves on the IRB. The community member is usually non-scientific and is not affiliated with the institution. Community members come from a variety of backgrounds and are chosen for particular experience, knowledge, or relationship to the types of studies reviewed by the IRB. These members often are drawn from the community in which an institution resides. Former research subjects, patient advocates, teachers, nurses, members of vulnerable populations, retirees or experts in multicultural affairs may be sought for IRB service.
IRB Community Member Resources
The IRB Reviewer Guidelines are available for to aid IRB members and staff in the review of applications. They are consistent with FDA and OHRP regulatory requirements.
Please contact the IRB Office at 336-716-4542 if you have questions or are interested in becoming an IRB community member.