Established in July 1996, Copernicus Group IRB (CGIRB) is an independent institutional review board (IRB or “Board”) organized and operating in compliance with regulations governing institutional review boards set forth in 21 CFR and ICH guidelines, as well as 45 CFR when applicable.

CGIRB was inspected by the FDA in 1999, 2005, 2010, 2013, and 2014 with no Form FDA 483 issued. In 2004, CGIRB was awarded full accreditation of the human research protection program by AAHRPP®, The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc., and was awarded full reaccreditation in 2007 and 2011.

In May 2010, CGIRB was awarded ISO 9001:2008 certification. CGIRB is registered with the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP and FDA) as IRB00001313, enabling the review of HHS-supported or -conducted human subjects research under the Federalwide Assurance (FWA) of a submitting body.

CGIRB’s primary responsibility is to ensure that the rights and welfare of human research subjects are protected. The CGIRB Board reviews research protocols and study-related information, as well as investigator qualifications and resources to ensure regulatory compliance. CGIRB abides by the federal regulations that pertain to research conduct, but also may exceed these requirements in some areas. In addition to a simplified submission process, CGIRB provides:

  • Multiple CGIRB Board meetings each week (view schedule)
  • Initial, continuing and expedited reviews
  • Promptly communicated board decisions
  • Online submission and tracking capabilities
  • Continuing review reminders
  • Education and training resources

Copernicus Group IRB may review studies for a single investigator or serve as a central IRB for multi-center trials involving upwards of several thousand investigators. Additionally, CGIRB may function as the IRB of record for studies conducted at hospitals or academic institutions. Go to our forms section for the Transfer of IRB Obligations Form or visit the Institutions section of the website for additional information.